9:55 pm update: Overnight plan in place
Two crews and two division supervisors will remain on stage with the County Road 21 Fire, while all other Poudre Fire Authority crews will be released overnight.
According to PFA, winds died down, which allowed crews more access to the fire area. The fire has not significantly grown since our last update and is still estimated to be around 600 acres.
Overnight crews will be patrolling the fire line checking for hot spots and mop up.
The fire area will be fully staffed Friday morning with fresh resources as crews continue working toward 100% containment, per PFA.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office will resume communications at 7 am Friday.
9:30 pm update: Evacuations downgraded in two areas.
Fire officials downgraded a portion of two different evacuation areas late Thursday night.
Residents living in the area between Larimer County Road 66, south along Larimer County Road 21 to Larimer County Road 56 and west to Larimer County Road 21C have been downgraded to voluntary evacuations. That area includes much of the fire’s eastern portion.
Authorities recommended that those returning home should use caution and watch for fire personnel in their area.
8 pm update: Fire grows to 600 acres
According to Powder Fire Authority, the fire is approximately 600 acres with zero containment. Around 80 staff are working throughout the area. Incident Command estimates that 60 homes have been impacted by the fire and evacuations but no structures have yet been lost.
6:35 pm update: Fire at 120 acres
The fire is approximately 120 acres with 0% containment as of 6:35 pm, according to PFA. A tanker and a helicopter dropping fire retardants have made multiple drops over the fire.
Evacuation site announced
Fire officials shared that the evacuation site for residents impacted by this fire has been set up at the Leeper Center at 3800 Wilson Avenue in Wellington.
6 pm update: Officials extend evacuations
Fire officials have ordered additional evacuations for this fire. Residents in the area from Arapaho Valley Road south to Larimer County Road 56, east to Larimer County Road 21 and west to Highway 287 are now also under mandatory evacuations.
Original story: Mandatory evacuations are in effect due to a fire burning northwest of Fort Collins Thursday.
The fire is located southwest of the intersection of Larimer County Road 66 and Larimer County Road 21, according to an emergency alert from Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
Mandatory evacuations are in effect for the area east of US Highway 287, south to Arapaho Valley Road, east to County Road 21 and north to County Road 66. The evacuation area is northeast of Ted’s Place.
Text LCEVAC to 888777 for updates. You can also see the current evacuation area in the map (featured above in the story) from NoCoAlert.org.
Eeditor’s note: This story has a correction. Current evacuation maps can be found at NoCoAlert.org.
This is a developing story.