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Source:  Denver News
By:  Deb Stanley
May 16, 2012
    Firefighter Injured At 982 Acre Hewlett Fire
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Firefighters battling a wildfire in northern Colorado are concerned about forecasts for thunderstorms and 50 mph wind gusts on Wednesday.

    The Hewlett Gulch fire is burning in rough, steep terrain about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins in Poudre Canyon. It had burned 982 acres and was 5 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

    One firefighter was injured Tuesday night. The U.S. Forest Service said the man was suffering from dehydration and fell. He suffered second degree burns on his arm and face. He was treated and released from a hospital.

    The fire is within a quarter mile of some homes, however officials said the structures are not immediately threatened. Dozens of homeowners who live along Highway 14 between mile markers 110 and 115 have packed belongings in boxes and bags and are ready to leave at a moment's notice.

    Investigators said the fire was caused by humans. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Jackie Parks told 7NEWS that the fire originated Monday afternoon near a hiking a trial.

    Fighting The Fire

    There are 200 people fighting the Hewlett Fire. The U.S. Forest Service said a heavy air tanker and Type 1 and 3 helicopters are expected to work on the fire on Wednesday. Parks told 7NEWS the air support is dropping retardant and water on critical hot spots.

    Parks said firefighters are focusing on structure protection, securing fire lines and on their safety, as well as that of the public.

    There are no roads in the fire zone according to Parks, so firefighters are going in on foot in rugged terrain with loose rocks.

    Parks said that a Type II Incident Command Team will take over management of firefighting efforts on Wednesday.

    Second Wildfire Burning In Colorado

    In western Colorado, firefighters expect to have a 170-acre fire between Delta and Whitewater fully contained sometime Friday.

    It was 80 percent contained Tuesday.

    That fire was started by lightning. No structures are threatened.