The Reservoir Road fire in the Loveland foothills has burned between 600 and 700 acres of mostly private property since its ignition at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
At 10 p.m. Sunday, the fire was 10 percent contained and 25 Northern Colorado public safety agencies were on scene working alongside firefighters from six area agencies to combat the flames.
â€œUnless weather changes for us, it could be more than 24 hours until we get it under control,â€ said Tim Smith, a battalion chief for Loveland Fire and Rescue.
According to a city of Loveland advisory, no injuries have been reported since the fire started, but two homes, four outbuildings and one recreational vehicle have been destroyed.
The fire is centered between the Pinewood Reservoir and Flatiron Reservoir area.
Pinewood Reservoir and Saddlenotch homes are threatened and people within four miles of Pinewood Reservoir are advised to evacuate.
There was no estimate of how many homes had been evacuated, but hundreds of homes are in jeopardy, Smith said.
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.
In an attempt to control the fast-growing grass fire, agencies employed eight heavy air tankers, one single-seat air tanker and four helicopters to spread fire retardant. At nightfall, all aircraft operations were put on hold.
The Red Cross is working with Loveland Fire and Rescue to organize a shelter and Larimer County Humane Society is helping house evacuated pets.
Evacuated residents can seek shelter at The Church at Loveland, 3835 SW 14th Street, and an overflow shelter will be opened at Lovelandâ€™s Walt Clark Middle School if needed.
â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™re going to reach capacity tonight,â€ said Cecilia Ramirez, a member of Church at Loveland who is volunteering to help those displaced. â€œEven if we do, there are people volunteering their homes where people can stay for free.â€
Those interested in utilizing the church shelter can call 970-667-1442
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