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Extremely dry, windy conditions stoked the High Park Fire on Sunday, prompting hundreds more evacuation notices and grounding firefighting aircraft for hours.
“These are the conditions that kill people — kill firefighters — and we don’t want that,” fire information officer Brett Haberstick said, adding that “historic” weather brought about an environment conducive to flare-ups in the 88-square-mile burn area.
“It’s these kinds of days that challenge what you’ve done.”
The fire grew about 2.6 percent to 56,480 acres Sunday.
Humidity dipped as low as 3 percent, winds reached 50 mph and temperatures hit the mid-90s. The fire began to threaten more structures in areas west of Horsetooth Reservoir, into our Canyon, Redstone. The fires now threaten our home.
More than a week into the lightning-caused fire reported June 9, there’ve been more than 3,000 evacuation notices, one death and 181 homes destroyed. The blaze is the most destructive in Colorado history.