Friday, June 22, 2012

High Park Fire Causes More Evacuations

With record heat striking Colorado, the High Park Fire has grown to nearly 70,000 acres.

Despite the heat, winds, and low humidity, firefighters reached up to sixty percent containment.

However, 733 more evacuation notices were sent out to areas that hadn't received them previously.

The fire has claimed one life and a total of 191 home.

Incident commander Bill Hahnenberg updated his statement that it could be months til the fire was completely contained to saying that they're aiming for July 15.

Over 1,900 firefighters backed by over 130 engines, seventeen helicopters, and eleven aircraft are battling the blaze.

So far the fire has cost an estimated twenty million dollars, making it the costliest in Colorado history.