Seaman Fire grows to about 150 acres in Larimer County

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- For two days, the Seaman Fire about 15 miles northwest of Fort Collins has burned and grown in size.

Unseasonably hot temperatures are adding to the challenge of the wildland fire.

The warm weather, dry conditions and high winds are helping grow the fire. That’s what the hot shot firefighting crews are facing.

The Seaman Fire was spotted Tuesday afternoon and is believed to be caused by a lightning strike.

High winds overnight caused the fire to grow up to 150-plus acres. The U.S. Forest Service said people in 11 structures at Smith Bridge were under voluntary evacuation.

Donna Bryant lives in the area, and is all too familiar with wildland fires.

"With the dry weather and the wind, they are in for some hard work so I pray for their safety, she said.

Seaman Reservoir, a water supply for Greeley, is providing air crews with precious ammunition to fight the yet-to-be-contained blaze.

Every little bit helps.

“We have a lot of resources on the fire, a lot of agencies [including] the Forest Service, Parks Service, Larimer County is involved, the city of Greeley," U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Leslie McFadden said.

Another major consideration for successfully fighting the fire is keeping the hot shots not so hot.

“They are carrying a lot of gear, a lot of protective clothing, their tools on their back, they’re working in steep rocky conditions. ... We always have to make sure our crews are staying hydrated," McFadden said.

Wednesday night, the fire will be reclassified from a Type IV to a Type III incident fire, which means crews with more experience in technical firefighting will be brought in.

Until the fire is contained officials are telling people to stay away from Gateway Park and the area in general.

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