Last night about 10 pm we got a reverse 911 call telling us that we might have to evacuate, again. After evacuating Sunday morning at 3:30 am and wondering all day whether we had a home to return to or not, we were allowed to return home Sunday night at 7:30 pm. The call to evacuate again did not come later last night. We were able to sleep in our home.
Here is the latest update – this morning – April 5 – The Denver Post – by Joey Bunch
Federal and local firefighters hope to stay on top of the Crystal fire as heavy, dry winds return to the charred area west of Fort Collins today.
The fire that started Friday burned at least 15 homes and 3,200 acres over the weekend (Note this is less than the 4500 acres we had heard).
Several helicopters and single-engine tankers worked on the blaze from the air Monday, as more than 200 crews on the ground continued to extinguish dozens of hot spots in stands of timber along the steep ridges and jagged canyons 10 miles northwest of the community of Masonville (This includes Redstone Canyon – where our home is located).
“Any one of them could get out of hand,” said Nick Christensen, executive officer of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department. “We’re taking this fire very seriously until it’s completely out.”
A critical “red flag” fire-danger warning is in effect for the region until 8 p.m. today with wind gusts up to 40 mph expected, according to the National Weather Service.
Thank you ALL for holding us in the arms of safety!