June 10th, 2012
02:17 AM ET

Evacuations ordered as Colorado fire grows to 8,000 acres

A raging wildfire that swelled within a day to 8,000 acres in northern Colorado, burning structures and forcing evacuations, will likely grow Sunday, fire officials said.

Firefighters battled the blaze, dubbed the High Park fire, that has been fanned by high temperatures and dry brush since it began Saturday morning 15 miles west of Fort Collins, according to InciWeb, the U.S. multi-agency Incident Fire Response website.

At least 200 firefighters backed air tankers and helicopters are battling the blaze, officials said.

Compounding the problem is a shortage of resources, said Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith. He said a lot of regional resources are already deployed fighting other outbreaks, such as the Whitewater Baldy fire in New Mexico.

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  1. joe

    Move along folks, nothing to see here. Fires happen just like EQs. Ho hum.

    June 10, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Hey Joe, would you say that if the fire were sneaking precariouly up your back door?

    June 10, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. feylin


    June 10, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. feylin

    I was gonna go camping in larimer county today until I found out where the fire actually was. My plans have as of now have changed

    June 10, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    This is terrible. Hope and pray that it is controlled soonest. Wishing the brave firefighters success and safety.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    This is usual for Colorado for this time of year, now, not years ago though.
    The "theoretical" global warming has made Colorado's climate warm enough for the Pine Beetle to survive winter kill. Go west out of Denver and see hundreds of thousands of acres of dead trees...kindling for fires.
    Also, our water is taking longer to evaporate thanks to the shade offered by our atmospheric pollution...this has made for dryer dry seasons, even wiping out hundreds of thousands of acres of Quaking Aspens that can survive a forrest fire, but die when thirsty rodents chew the bark off the bases of Aspens that differ from other trees...Aspens "eat" through their bark.
    Interestingly, the largest living organism found on the earths surface is one single grove of Aspen that grows from Colorado all the way to the Atlantic Ocean!

    June 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    ...another contributing factor to the west's blight of wildfires is how our Forrest Service manages our forrests. Rather than cultivating and harvesting our trees as we do, say, wheat, we cherry pick our forrests...thinning them out with loggers required to clear-away dense undergrowth. This allows for more oxygen to be fed to a forrest fire, making what would have been a small fire that burns-out on it's own into an uncontrolable blaze.
    And they do the same thing with our wild animals. For example, our State feeds deer and elk that would have naturally died from winter kill to make for more hunting. This also makes for more coyotes as nature adjusts to mans meddling. One year, coyotes killed over 7,500 of my grandpas (RIP) 10,000 sheep! I must have killed over a hundred coyotes that year. Dern extra coyotes...ya can't even hardly trap them they're so smart! I've had them dig my traps up and sh/t on them! One year we even dyed our entire flock PINK hoping it would fool those extra coyotes!(didn't work)

    June 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I hope there is minimal loss of life and property with these fires...how utterly awful.

    dazzle©, what is your status?

    June 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jokes (always on topic)

    There was an old lady
    Who lived in her shoe
    When disaster stuck
    Boo hoo hoo. Period.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Yeah

    Yeah. When members of my family were robbed and killed I cried my eyes out too. (but i didn't bother following their lawsuits vs. the perps. Is that wrong of me? Shouldn't I care about finding the men who paid for what happened to my family? Wouldn't my own family be wondering why I refused to testify on their behalf concerning their lawsuits rather than just show my public face of sympathy? Some would, and do (by their actions or lack thereof) say 'no'. As if tears are enough.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Then that's on you.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Yeah

    Google 'victims family lawsuits' and see how some families stick together throughout the proceedings...from start to finish in cases much less important than 9/11.
    Now, google 'victims family lawsuits 9 11 02' and see how just a few of the 3,000 9/11 victims familes are doing just so.
    All but a few of the 9/11 victims families accepted Geo. Bush's publicly offered bribe to drop lawsuits that name HIM as one of the co-conspirators. Accepting this bribe came with signed agreements that these families would NEVER speak of the details of their lawsuits in public ever again, or face prison if they did. (explaining why some act as if they would just rather not talk about it)

    June 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Yeah

    Hay! Look who is here! It's banasy!
    @banasy. You have posted in the past that you are related to a victim of 9/11. How are those lawsuits going?

    June 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Yeah

    ...surely you know who is defending the men being named as financiers of 9/11. The lead attorney...( on behalf of Bush, 26 members of the Bin Laden Family (not Usama though. OBL was never named in ANY of the lawsuits) and several members of the Royal House of Saud)...is one of the most famous men in American politics.
    You being a 9/11 family member, surely you know of this man.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    I posted a reply to you (as Philip) on the Syria thread.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
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