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Wednesday evening fire update

General Information/Announcements
Firefighters continue to make good progress on containing the Reservoir Road fire.  This afternoon, the Larimer County Sheriff announced that all residents would be allowed to return home.  Residents are asked to avoid driving on the roads early in the morning and in the evening during shift changes by firefighters.

All roads above the intersection of County Road 18E and County Road 31 are open to residents and fire personnel only.  In order to get beyond the road block, residents must have a pass.

Today’s Activity
Firefighters finished constructing the line on the south flank of the fire.  Several Type 1 handcrews (hot shots) working on the most difficult portion of the fire have completed almost 50 percent of the line on the north flank.  Tonight firefighters will continue to patrol the fire area mopping up any hotspots that are found.

Note: Beginning tomorrow we will produce one release daily due to the decrease in fire activity. The release will come out in the evening to provide an update on progress made during the day. The Larimer County EOC call center will be closing at noon tomorrow.  Beginning at noon, 970-498-5500 will provide recorded updates on the fire.  To reach information officers on the Reservoir Road fire call 720-564-2185.  For post evacuation support, the public can call 211 or 866-485-0211.  This number will be staffed from 8-8 Monday through Friday and 9-5 Saturday. 

Public Safety Message:
Now that residents have been allowed back into the fire area, they are reminded to remain vigilant of hazards that may exist.  Trees that have been damaged by fire can fall without warning.  Green trees adjacent to burned areas may appear to be undamaged, but can fall if their roots have been weakened by fire.  Stump holes may continue to smolder for several days and can cause a walking hazard.  Residual smoke and ash can present a health hazard especially to those with breathing difficulties.  There are still areas within the fire that are smoldering and a change in weather conditions can cause the fire to flare up.

Quick Fire Facts

Date started: 09/12/2010                     
Location: 4 miles W of Loveland, CO
Percent Contained: 65%
Number of Personnel: 557, 13 Type 1 crews (hot shots), 2 Type 2 crews
Equipment: 28 engines, 9 water tenders
Residences threatened: 50
Residences destroyed: 2
Cause: Human
Size: 740 acres
Expected Containment:
Aircraft: helicopters 2 large
Retardant:  97,500 (cumulative)
Cost to Date: $ 1,086,000
Injuries: 1