Firefighters made good progress on the Crystal Fire today, due to reduced winds, snow and rainfall within the fire area. Fire size remains at approximately 3,200 acres and it is anticipated the fire will be 60% contained by later this evening. No air resources have been working the fire today due to low cloud levels.
Road blocks remain in place to allow only residents into the area. While lower winds and temperatures are helping fire fighting efforts, the fire remains active and residents should remain prepared and vigilant.
Last night winds calmed and humidity was higher. No houses burned last night after evacuations were put in place and evacuations were lifted at 10 a.m. today. Road blocks remain in place to allow only residents into the area.
10:30 a.m.: Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team
Despite winds firefighters continue to make progress on the Crystal Fire
Fort Collins, CO –Yesterday the fire was active in mainly three areas. The north side of the fire in and around Larimer County Road (CR) 27 and Larimer CR 44H; the south side of the fire in the Moondance Road area; and northwest of the Happy Hollow Road. Fire activity prompted additional evacuations on both the north and south side of the fire in the afternoon, which have now been lifted.
Despite the strong and erratic winds on the different fire areas, crews were able to make progress with line construction and hazard mitigation. Helicopters assisted with the effort and were able to make headway in the morning until they ceased operations by 12:00 pm due to high winds. Late in the afternoon helicopters were able to fly again until dusk.
Operations today will focus on: line construction, mitigating rolling debris, and suppressing hot spots around homes. Today’s milder winds, cooler temperatures and higher humidity should moderate fire behavior however the fire is still active within the perimeter. Helicopters may be able to work this morning, supporting ground crews with bucket drops, but are currently grounded due to weather. There are additional crews and one more helicopter arriving today.
Evacuations –Evacuations have been lifted as of 10:00 a.m. this morning. More than 20 homes were evacuated in the Stringtown Road and Larimer CR 44H areas yesterday due to the increased fire activity in the afternoon. Please note the fire area is limited access for incident personnel and residents only. For updated information call the phone number listed above, or check www.inciweb.org.
Safety – Please be aware that fire traffic is heaviest to and from the fire area in mornings and evenings from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Fire Start Date: 04/01/2011
- Cause: Under Investigation
- Fire Size: 3,200 acres
- Contained: 15%
- Total Personnel: Approximately 353 with resources still arriving.
- Estimated containment date: 04/08/2011
- Additional resources: 5 crews, 4 helicopters, 27 engines
- Unit Identifiers/Agencies: 30
- Evacuations: See above
- Burned Residences: 15