June 18th, 2012
04:23 AM ET

Colorado fire tops 56,000 acres, weather stays hot and windy

Firefighters in northern Colorado face another round of nightmare conditions on Monday as high temperatures, low relative humidity and gusty winds whip a blaze near Fort Collins.

The High Park Fire has consumed more than 56,000 acres so far, fire authorities said. It is about 45% contained. More than 1,700 personnel were battling the blaze.

"It just feels really dire. It's scary," resident Lupe Sandoval told CNN affiliate KUSA TV. "You feel bad for everybody."

The National Weather Service rates the fire risk in six Western states on Monday as "critical." Red flag warnings are posted across 10 states, warning of high winds, low humidity and warm temperatures.


Filed under: U.S. • Weather
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Mary

    All i know is maroon bells better not burn before I get a chance to see it. I feel in love that place the moment I saw the pics.
    And to the residents who have lost their homes, so sorry for your loss.
    Can't wait to enjoy the earth once its been restored to its original spender

    June 18, 2012 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    maybe cnn will delete the troll @ 4:43
    Im tired and see that you are perfect

    June 18, 2012 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    My thoughts are with those good people of CO who are in danger of losing their homes, or have already lost them.
    May they get this fire contained sooner, rather than later.

    June 18, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hope

    Calm the storm...

    June 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |