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Crystal Fire: April 9

Fort Collins, CO – Firefighters made significant progress along all perimeters of the Crystal Fire that continues to burn in the foothills west of Fort Collins, Colorado. Due to better mapping the fire has burned a total of 2930 acres and is 75% contained. Fire investigators continue to determine the cause of the Crystal Fire and have revised the total number of structures lost from 15 to 13.

Aided by up-slope and up-valley winds late in the day, fire crews began burnout operations along a section of the northwestern perimeter of the fire.

“Unburned fuels among burned fuels raises the possibility of a fresh start for a fire that is quickly growing cold,” said Incident Commander Paul Summerfelt of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team 1. “We want to make sure that when the fire is transferred back to the Sheriff’s Office in a few days there is minimal possibility for a restart. We are working closely with all cooperating agencies to make sure this objective is met.”

Fire crews will begin line rehabilitation that involves creating water bars to prevent erosion, raking berms, removing signs, flagging and other materials from staging areas and drop points. Removal of weakened and blackened trees that pose a public and firefighter safety risk will also continue to be removed. One air resource was released and made available for suppression activities on other fires in the region.

Fire restrictions adopted by the Board of Larimer County Commissioners and within Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grasslands on April 5 remain in place.

Quick Facts:

  • Fire Start Date: 04/01/2011
  • Cause: Under Investigation
  • Fire Size: 2930 acres
  • Contained: 75%
  • Total Personnel: Approximately 376
  • Additional resources: 10 crews, 3 helicopters, 14 engines
  • Unit Identifiers/Agencies: 30
  • Evacuations: None currently in place
  • Burned Residences: 13

Larimer County Emergency Management Information Center:

The following information update has been made for: Crystal Fire

Due to better GIS mapping, fire size is now listed at 2930 acres, with 75% containment. Fire investigators have revised the total number of homes lost to 13. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Firefighters are focusing on completing line construction for perimeter control, and beginning existing line rehabilitation for erosion control.

A 20 to 25 acre burnout is planned for today to remove unburned fuels between the existing fire perimeter and roads on the north end of the fire, south of Deerpath Road and Larimer County Road 44H, and west of County Road 27. The operation will produce a significant amount of smoke in the area and residents should not call 911 unless they are sure of a new fire. Air resources will continue to support fire crews with water drops targeting spot fires as needed.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is strongly discouraging travel through the area by recreationists, four-wheelers, and spectators. There is still a large number of heavy emergency vehicles traveling the roads and unnecessary traffic can hamper the firefighting effort. Sheriff deputies will be on patrol in the area and trespassers will be cited. Fire restrictions adopted by the Board of Larimer County Commissioners and within Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grasslands on April 5 remain in place.

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