At 6:30 pm, the Larimer Sheriff’s Office announced that the High Park Fire is 100% contained. There are now 686 personnel assigned to the firefighting effort, and the current cost of the fire to date is estimated at $38.4 million. The Sheriff’s Office emphasizes that “containment” means that a containment line exists around the fire, which fire managers believe will hold the fire within the perimeter. “Control” means that the fire is actually out which, on a fire of this magnitude, typically requires an act of nature such as prolonged rain or snowfall. Hot spots will continue to smolder within the perimeter during the containment phase and residents should expect to see smoke for days and weeks as the fire moves from containment to control.
View from mile marker 2 on the Pingree Park Road, June 29, 2012. Photo courtesy of the Larimer Sheriff’s Office.