Wildfire burns near Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County

Posted at 5:14 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 23:24:32-05

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- Loveland firefighters will continue to monitor a 25-acre wildfire burning near the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in Larimer County overnight as erratic winds and night conditions in rugged terrain have made it difficult for crews to attack the flames.

So far, no evacuations have been ordered for the area but 50 to 60 mile-per-hour winds earlier Thursday were making it difficult for firefighters to fight the flames, said Loveland Fire Rescue spokesman Scott Pringle.

Though the blaze is calming down due to a decrease in temperatures and higher humidity, it could kick up again Friday morning as temperatures increase and humidity drops, Pringle told Denver7. 

There have been no structures threatened and no injuries due to his wildfire, said Pringle. 

About 80 fire engines from five different agencies were fighting the Bobcat Power Line Fire Thursday, though it's unclear how many firefighters were at the scene. 

The weather outlook for the rest of the weekend appears to favor firefighters, as there's a slight chance of rain before 11 a.m. in Masonville, followed by a chance of rain and snow after noon. Friday night, the chance of showers increases to 80 percent and there's a possibility of having one to three inches of snowfall in the area by nightfall . 

It's still too early to tell what started the fire, Pringle told Denver7. 

Below, a map of the approximate location of the wildfire: 

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