Colorado Wildfire Destroyed 25 Residential Buildings, 54 Structures

A month-old northern Colorado wildfire has destroyed 25 residential buildings and a total of 54 structures, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office says.

The fire near Red Feather Lakes has burned 160 square miles and was 4% contained but hasn’t grown considerably due to recent snow and moisture, The Denver Post reported. Fire officials say warming temperatures this week could increase activity in the fire, which began Aug. 13. The cause is under investigation.

The fire is burning in the Roosevelt National Forest west of Fort Collins and affected the northern portion of Rocky Mountain National Park. Most of the destroyed residences were in the Monument Gulch area, the sheriff’s office said.

At least 2,000 people were under mandatory or voluntary evacuations orders because of the fire before a cold weather system moved into Colorado last week.

Rocky Mountain National Park reopened Trail Ridge Road, which runs through the park, on Saturday. Several trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites remain closed.