Sep 132010
 
Authors: Kirsten Silveira

Crews this morning will continue to tackle the Reservoir Road Fire, which latest reports show has engulfed 925 acres of the Loveland foothills.

Gov. Bill Ritter declared the incident a state of emergency and allocated $3 million to the relief efforts Monday afternoon. Teams that successfully took out the Fourmile Canyon fire in Boulder assumed management of the incident at 6 p.m. Monday.

The fire, which is between 20 and 25 percent contained, started burning around 10:30 a.m. Sunday and it has been determined that it was ignited by a person burning branches, grass and leaves at their home.

About 200 buildings in the area have been evacuated and orders to stay out of the area are still in place. Evacuations for Storm Mountain, Cedar Park and Bartram Park subdivisions are still a possibility.

Evacuations are still in place and displaced residents can wait out the fire at The Church at Loveland, 3835 SW 14th Street If needed, an overflow shelter will be opened at Loveland’s Walt Clark Middle School.

Latest reports showed all roads above the intersection of County Road 18E and County Road 31 as still closed.

More than 100 firefighters were on the scene until nightfall and some crews stuck around overnight to monitoring the hot areas of the fire. All aircrafts –– four heavy tankers and three helicopters –– being used to spread fire retardant, ceased operations until this morning.

“We don’t know how long it’s going to take to contain,” said Kim Obele, a fire information officer. “It’s still active, but not as active.”

This morning crews will dig lines around the fire perimeter, according to the same advisory.

It’s confirmed that the fire has destroyed two homes, four outbuildings and one recreational vehicle in the area, but Obele said, “there could be more once they’ve taken inventory.”

The city of Loveland is not aware of any injuries at this time.

Small and large animals in the area have been rescued and individuals in need of shelter for their large pets, like horses, can call Loveland Police Dispatch at 970-667-2151.

Help International set up a donation drop at 629 SW 14th Street in Loveland where people can drop items like toilet paper, paper towels, plastic silverware, hand sanitizer, adult and baby diapers, water and drinks. No perishable or prepared food items can be accepted.

The most active spot of the fire is moving west and northwest and the growth potential is high, according to an incident report from the city of Loveland.

_Assistant News Editor Kirsten Silveira can be reached at news@collegian.com. _

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