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.
Update at 8 pm: Fire spread across 600 acres
According to the Paudre Fire Authority, the fire is spread over 600 acres, which has zero containment. There are about 80 personnel working in the whole area. Incident Command estimates that 60 homes have been affected by the fire and evacuation, but no structures have been destroyed so far.
Update at 6:35 am: 120 acres of fire
According to PFA, the fire is with 0% control in about 120 acres as of 6:35 pm. A tanker and a helicopter dropped fire retardants and rained many drops on the fire.
Declaration of exit point
Fire officials shared that an evacuation site for residents affected by the fire has been set up at the Leiper Center at 3800 Wilson Avenue in Wellington.
Update at 6 pm: Officials extend evacuation
Fire officials have ordered additional evacuation for the blaze. Residents in the area from Arapahoe Valley Road south to Larimer County Road 56, east to Larimer County Road 21 and west to Highway 287 are still subject to mandatory evacuation.
Origin Story: A mandatory evacuation is in effect as a fire broke out northwest of Fort Collins on Thursday.
According to an emergency alert from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, the fire is located southwest of the intersection of Larimer County Road 66 and Larimer County Road 21.
Mandatory clearance is in effect for areas east of US Highway 287, Arapahoe Valley Road to the south, County Road 21 to the east, and County Road 66 to the north. The evacuation area is northeast of Teds Place.
For updates, text LCEVAC to 888777. You can also see the current evacuation area (pictured above in the story) in a map from NoCoAlert.org.
IDieter’s note: There is an improvement in this story. Current evacuation maps can be found at NoCoAlert.org.
This is a developing story.