Mar 302004
Authors: Jesse McLain

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday firefighters responded to a

fire located near Picnic Rock, Poudre Canyon.

“Right now our biggest concern is the northern flank,” said

Kevin Johnston, emergency services specialist for Larimer County

Emergency Services, at approximately 6:15 p.m. “Containment is

estimated at about 30 percent right now.”

There is no immediate concern for structure or home damage in

areas surrounding the fire.

Winds earlier in the afternoon concerned firefighters but the

wind appeared to have died down by evening.

“We don’t know how fast it is spreading right now,” said Scott

Molinari, U.S. Forest Service. Molinari was overseeing a helicopter

gathering water from Semein Reservoir to fight the fire. “There are

no homes up there that I know of.”

As of 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, 35 firefighters were on the scene of

the fire estimated to be 50 acres in size, according to a press

release from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire is producing large amounts of smoke and does not have

an estimated time for containment.

According to Johnston, crews will remain on the scene until

midnight and return early Wednesday morning.

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