More Manpower, Air Support Expected at Colo. Wildfire

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- A wildfire is continuing to burn in Poudre Canyon on Tuesday. A heavy air tanker, single-engine air tanker and Type I helicopter have been ordered to help fight the fire on Tuesday, in addition to three 20-person crews.

The Hewlett Fire has burned 270 to 280 acres and is zero percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire, in Hewlett Gulch, is located less than 1 mile from Poudre Park. Monday, fire officials said residents from mile markers 110 to 115 on Hwy 14, 1/4 mile north and south of the Poudre River, should be prepared to evacuate, if needed.

Forty firefighters were working the wildfire Monday, which is burning in the Roosevelt National Forest, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Reghan Cloudman.

Cloudman said the fire was within a quarter mile of homes and calls were made to 160 residences, telling them to be ready to evacuate.

"I was just outside watering and saw the smoke and went into a panic mode and started packing. It looked very bad," said Lori Thomas, a local resident living near the fire.

"We saw some huge flames jumping up over the ridge, but it pretty much died down when it hit the ridge," said Robert Breckenridge, who lives nearby.

Homes near the fire were immediately threatened, Cloudman said.

The Hewlett Gulch Trail and the Greyrock Trail are both closed.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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