Mandatory evacuations ordered due to fire northwest of Fort Collins

Update at 9:55 am: Overnight plan implemented

Two crews and two division supervisors will remain at the scene along County Road 21 Fire, while all other Poudrey Fire Authority employees will be released overnight.

According to the PFA, the winds died down, allowing the crew greater access to the fire area. The fire hasn’t grown significantly since our last update and is still estimated to be around 600 acres.

Throughout the night, personnel will patrol for hot spots and fire line checking for mopping.

On Friday morning the fire area will be fully staffed with new resources as crews continue to work towards 100% containment per PFA.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office will resume communications at 7 a.m. Friday.

Update at 9:30: Evacuation downgraded in two areas.

Fire officials downgraded a portion of two separate evacuation zones late Thursday.

Residents living in the area between Larimer County Road 66, Larimer County Road 21 to the south to Larimer County Road 56 and west to Larimer County Road 21C have been downgraded to voluntary evacuation. That area covered most of the eastern part of the fire.

The officials recommended that those returning home should take precautions and keep a watch on firefighters in their area.

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