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Colorado fires: Day 20 - High Park Fire, now 75 percent contained, has firefighters optimistic

7:49 PM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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The High Park Fire is now 95 percent contained, has scorched 87,284 acres and has burned 257 homes.

Although most of the Glacier View subdivisions - where 57 homes burned on June 22 - are being reopened to residents, they are being told to remain on pre-evacuation notice.

On another flank of the fire towards the southwest, mop-up operations were underway as of Wednesday.


"Earlier on, we was right on the front lines," Lee Mackler said who has been fighting fires for decades. "I love fighting fire. It's my passion. The other day on Father's Day, I couldn't think of any place I would rather be than on fire assignment."

They remained at the fire line doing the honest, tiring work that few ever see.

"They're making good progress I think," Mackler said. "The line was to be held on this road, and they held it."

Fire officials say that resources are being diverted from the High Park Fire to help at the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs and the Flagstaff Fire in Boulder.

But officials say firefighters will be in the High Park Fire area for weeks to come.


Ashley Guera contributed to this report.

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