Lewstone Fire in Larimer County 100% contained, evacuations lifted


Lewstone Fire looking northwest from Pine Acres Way, photo from Larimer Sheriff Twitter

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The Lewstone Fire in Larimer County is 100% contained, officials said Tuesday evening.

The fire burned at least 165 acres northwest of Fort Collins between Highway 14 and Rist Canyon.

All evacuation orders have been lifted. Crews will be at the scene Wednesday for mop-up operations.

Below is a blog of updates about the fire as it was growing. It is no longer being updated:

UPDATE (Aug. 25, 9:05 a.m.): The Lewstone Fire is now 165 acres but is considered 65 percent contained.

UPDATE (Aug. 24, 4:28 p.m.): Changes to evacuations have been announced: Pine Acres residential area north of the Rist Canyon Road has been downgraded the mandatory evacuation orders to voluntary evacuations. Fire officials have lifted the voluntary evacuation orders for Stratton Park, Davis Ranch and Whale Rock residents.

UPDATE (Aug. 24, 7:45 a.m.): There was not much activity overnight on the Lewstone Fire. This morning, command reports the fire is still ~165 acres with 12% containment. 180 firefighters are beginning their operational period, and there will be aircraft as needed after 10 a.m.

UPDATE (Aug. 23, 10:36 p.m.): An updated evacuation map was posted.

UPDATE (Aug. 23, 8:26 p.m.): The fire has held at 165 acres with 12% containment.

UPDATE (Aug. 23, 6:24 p.m.): Fire officials have advised that the mandatory evacuation area from Whale Rock Road west to the Davis Ranch Road may now be downgraded to voluntary evacuations. Check the evacuation map here.

UPDATE (Aug. 23, 3:17 p.m.): The Lewstone Fire has grown to 165 acres with 0% containment. Officials have issued voluntary evacuations for residents in the Stratton Park Road area, north of Rist Canyon Road (County Road 52E).

UPDATE (Aug. 22, 10:11 p.m.): The fire has grown to 140 acres and 0% containment.

UPDATE (Aug. 22, 7:45 p.m.): The Lewstone Fire has grown to 60 acres with 0% containment. Crews are working hard to get the blaze under control. Larimer Sheriff tweeted “If you are leaving from the Davis Ranch Rd side of the fire, go west on Rist Canyon Rd. You can then go north or south on Stove Prairie Rd. If you are leaving from the Whale Rock Rd side of the fire, go east on Rist Canyon Rd.”

UPDATE (Aug. 22, 7:31p.m.): Mandatory evacuation due to immediate and imminent danger in the area south of the Rist Canyon Road from Whale Rock Road to Davis Ranch Road, fire officials announced.

UPDATE (Aug. 22, 6:40 p.m.): Larimer Sheriff tweeted a video of the fire.

UPDATE (Aug. 22, 5:55 p.m.): There is no known cause of the fire. Officials report two air tankers, two heavy helicopters with 80 personnel on scene or en route.

The evacuation point is at CLP Middle School, 3515 W County Road 54G in Laporte. Check out the evacuation map at nocoalert.org.

UPDATE (Aug 22, 5:14 p.m.): Larimer County Sheriff has issued mandatory evacuations for residents north of the Rist Canyon Road, west of Whale Rock Road and east of the Davis Ranch Road due to immediate and imminent danger.

Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center has deployed two helicopters to the area for assistance.

Updates will be added as they are received.

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