The High Park Fire is already the third largest fire in Colorado history. It's smoke has been captured by be a NASA satellite and now, while still from above, a little closer view from a YouTube user's flight from Portland to Chicago.
As of Wednesday morning the fire has grown to almost 47,000 acres, has 1,000 firefighters battling it and has destroyed over 100 structures. At about 73-square-miles, the fire's area has surpassed the size of Washington D.C. and is just about half the size of Denver.
The fire has taken the life of one Colorado woman, 62-year-old Linda Stedman.
The family issued a statement about Stedman that was read by Sheriff Smith on Monday night, 7News released part of that statement:
Linda Steadman, mother, grandmother, sister and wife perished in the cabin she loved. As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for the Steadman family, and they ask that they are allowed time to grieve privately. The entire Steadman Family would like to commend all the firefighters and emergency personnel dedicated to saving lives and property.
According to local North Forty News, the Larimer County Humane Society has already taken in 250 animals from the fire. If your pet is missing, check their lost and found section to see if they've been temporarily sheltered by the Humane Society.
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