The Elk Fire Northwest of Fort Collins at 40% Containment

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What started as a prescribed burn near Ben Delatour Scout Ranch on Wednesday has turned into a wildfire and has forced residents to evacuate in the Glacier View area. The "Elk Fire" is now at 622 acres and is at 40% containment, according to a morning update from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

According the the Coloradoan, 472 acres are a part of a prescribed burn on Wednesday, but the wildfire added another 150 acres. The wildfire portion is 10% contained but favorable weather conditions including rain and snow as early as Friday could help increase containment, but higher winds are also expected. The Elk Fire is about 40 miles northwest of Fort Collins and close enough for the Colorado Department of Health and Environment to warn that smoke from the fire will move southwest today. As a result, there is an air quality advisory for central Larimer County.

The Coloradoan also reports that there are eighty firefighters on the ground with sixty more requested. You might also see heavy tankers flying nearby as they also are attacking the fire. So far, on shed has been damaged, but 50 homes are currently threatened.

News source: The Coloradoan