Fire prompts evacuations in Colorado’s Larimer County
LIVERMORE, Colorado – A wildfire fueled by high winds in Larimer County has prompted the evacuation of a rural subdivision near Livermore, north of Fort Collins.
Emergency managers estimate the fire is at least 100 acres. Larimer County sheriff’s deputy Kathy Messick says a transformer damaged by the winds likely sparked the fire.
Crews from seven area agencies were fighting the fire.
The fire Wednesday was putting up a large column of smoke west of U.S. 287.
It’s unknown how many residents are affected by the evacuations.
The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning through Thursday morning, with gusts of up to 60 mph for Larimer County and northern Colorado as a cold front moved through.
But Messick says fire crews might get a break from the weather. The winds have started to let up and rain is starting to fall.