Sheriff considering allowing some evacuees to return to homes

While pre-evacuation alerts have been sent to residents in the Glacier View area, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department says discussions are beginning to evaluate the current evacuations from the High Park Fire to see if some areas are safe for residents to return.

“There are no specifics and no one is being allowed back in at this time,” sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz said.

Residents in the area south of County Road 74E, south and east of McNay Hill, on Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way, Gordon Creek Lane and connecting roadways in that area, received pre-evacuation notices this morning. They should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice, Schulz said.

The High Park Fire is now at 43,433 acres with 5 percent containment. Some containment lines were completed on the east flank of the fire Monday. Crews will also be working on the west and south sides Tuesday to get some lines built while the east side is monitored and reinforced.

There will be 500 firefighters working the fire Tuesday, with 26 engines. Officials expect the number of engines to grow to 100 by Wednesday.

Temporary closures at Horsetooth Reservoir, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and Eagle’s Nest Open Space have been extended through Thursday, June 14. Updates regarding the weekend will be released by noon Wednesday and posted at www.larimer.org/naturalresources.

Campers who have reservations at Horsetooth Reservoir for any days June 11–14 should call the reservation company at 1-800-397-7795 to change or cancel.

For complete information on this emergency, see www.larimer.org/emergency/emergency_detail.cfm?nam_id=85

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