Crews battle wildfire in Larimer County south of Fort Collins
LARIMER COUNTY» Multiple agencies responded Saturday afternoon to a grass fire between Fort Collins and Loveland.
The Spring Glade fire, near Coyote Ridge Natural Area, grew to 364 acres and was 60 percent contained at 6:30 p.m., according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
Evacuation notices were sent to the surrounding area to 124 residents’ devices. The Red Cross set up an evacuation center at Lucile Erwin Middle School, 4700 Lucerne Ave., but closed in later Saturday evening.
Three structures were threatened but none had been damaged. It is unknown whether the structures are homes.
Multiple crews on-scene and SEAT aircraft were in in the air. Larimer Fire Rescue Authority, Poudre Fire Authority and others were on the scene with the sheriff’s office.
“Anything can happen,” said David Moore, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. “We wanted to put as many resources on the front end (of the fire) to hopefully knock it down soon.”
Moore said the heat and windy conditions in the area are “not helping” the situation. Larimer County has been under fire restrictions recently. The fire spans both sides of the ridge, and was causing some communication difficulties for crews as the ridge created a dead zone, Moore said.
The Coyote Ridge Natural Area is closed as a result of the fire, and hikers were evacuated near Horsetooth Reservoir.
The fire sparked just about 11 a.m. behind a home near the end of Spring Glade Road, which is northwest of Wilson Avenue and 43rd Street in Loveland. Neighbors told the Loveland Reporterherald that a lawnmower hit a rock, causing a spark that took off.
“It exploded,” Bonnie Mcdermid, who lives nearby, told the newspaper. “It sparked and the wind took it like crazy.”
Fire officials could not immediately confirm the cause of the fire, saying it is still under investigation.
Firefighters fill portable storage pools with water at the end of Spring Glade Road, where a wildfire sparked late Saturday morning.