Firefighters Battling Fires In Larimer County, West Of Pinewood Reservoir (Hells Canyon, Poll Hill)
Firefighters are battling TWO new blazes in Larimer County. The Denver Channel is reporting that "fire crews are responding to a fire in steep terrain, west of Pinewood Reservoir." The Larimer Sheriff announced via twitter that there are now two fires burning in the area.
***1:15PM July 12th UPDATE
According to the Denver Post, "U.S. Forest Service crews were able to reach full containment on the Hell's Canyon Fire this morning."
***6:55PM July 11th UPDATE
This was tweeted by the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland public affairs staff:
#HellCanyon Fire 75% contained. Crews making good progress. 32 firefighters on scene. Still ~4 acres in size.
***11:00AM July 11th UPDATE
This good news was tweeted bythe Larimer Sheriff
#PoleHill fire has just been declared contained. Emergency Services & USFS crews will continue working fire today.
*** 3:58PM UPDATE
The Larimer Sheriff just tweeted this, confirming that there are two separate fires burning. Thankfully, they say there are now structures in the immediate area of the fires.
***3:49 PM UPDATE
Sounds like there are two fires burning. The chatter on Twitter indicates one has been called the
#HellsCanyon fire west of Pinewood Lake. The second one is named the #PoleHill fire. I haven't heard anything "official" about the names yet, but that's what social media is using thus far.
According to the Larimer County Sheriff's Twitter feed, the fire is estimated at around 5-acres (as of 3:30PM) and they have called in a helicopter and a single engine air tanker for support. They also said there is a possibility of a second fire in the area and access to the blaze(s) is very difficult.
Let's hope they can get this under control quickly. We're sending our best wishes up to the brave man and women working against the flames.
We'll update this story with more details as we get them.