Crews bat­tle wild­fire in Larimer County south of Fort Collins

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Erin Dou­glas

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.

Love­land Re­porter-herald

Fire­fight­ers fill por­ta­ble stor­age pools with wa­ter at the end of Spring Glade Road, where a wild­fire sparked late Satur­day morn­ing.

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