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‘High wind event’ closes Red Feather Lakes campground in northern Colorado

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- A campground at Red Feather Lakes in Larimer County is closed after the sheriff says a "highly unusual weather event" took place Thursday afternoon at Bellaire Lake.

Some reports say the damage at the campground came from a tornado. "However, this certainly may have been caused by a straight wind," says Sheriff Justin Smith.

The campground is 30 miles west of Fort Collins and the U.S. Forest Service has closed it indefinitely.

More than 100 trees were knocked down as a result of this "high wind event." The closure includes Molly Lake Trailhead and dispersed campsites along Manhattan Road.

The U.S. Forest Service and Larimer County Emergency Services worked together to evacuate campers and address safety issues.

Clean-up work at the site will begin Friday.

  • Trees blown down at Bellaire Lake Campground in Red Feather Lakes area of Larimer County, Colo. Photo cred: U.S. Forest Service
  • Red Feather Lakes Storm. Photo credit: Greg Lisco. Photo shot from Highway 74e near Potbelly Restaurant.

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