Sep 132010
Authors: Kirsten Silveira

Gov. Bill Ritter declared the Reservoir Road fire burning through the Loveland Foothills has grown to 900 acres a state of emergency and allocated $3 million to help authorities battle it.

The fire 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.

The fire is still growing, but fire agencies have tamed it to 20 percent containment.

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 possible in the near future.

It’s confirmed that the fire has taken two structures in the area, but Kim Obele, a fire information officer, said, “there could be more once they’ve taken inventory.”

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

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

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

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