More evacuations from Poudre Canyon

Residents along Colorado Highway 14 in the Poudre Canyon from the Greyrock Trailhead to the North Poudre Diversion Dam — between mile markers 113 and 115 — have been ordered to evacuate the area as a result of the Hewlett Fire. Larimer County deputies went door to door to about 15 residences to inform those in the area.

This is in addition to the earlier mandatory evacuations from Bonner Springs Ranch Road south. Highway 14 remains closed from Stove Prairie Road to Ted’s Place at U.S. Highway 287.

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Approximate area of Hewlett fire as of May 17 at 5 p.m.

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A community meeting about the fire is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Red Cross evacuation center set up at Cache la Poudre Middle School, 3515 W. County Road 54G in LaPorte. The Salvation Army is providing food and water to evacuees, and overnight accommodations are available for anyone needing shelter.

Erin Mounsey, director of the Fort Collins chapter of the American Red Cross, asked anyone wishing to help out to contact the United Way’s volunteer coordinators by dialing 211.

“They can match resources with people in need,” Mounsey said. He asked that no one bring donations to the school at this time.

Spokeswoman Danielle Clark said that the Poudre School District had contacted the parents of students who live in the evacuation areas — or anyone who needs to travel on Highway 14 — and made arrangements for after-school pickups on Thursday. Cindy Cosmas, office manager at CLP, said she has not heard from the district what the plan is for school on Friday.

“We’ll treat it like a snow day,” she said. “They will let us know depending on what’s going on in the morning.”

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