Progress Made Against Colorado Wildfire

By: CNN Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: CNN Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
CNN iReporter Victor W. Schendel says,

CNN iReporter Victor W. Schendel says, "I am a photographer in Fort Collins, Colorado. I've been watching this fire grow from early Saturday morning until today. At first it was just a small plume of smoke, but by Saturday evening it was totally out of control. You could actually see the flames of fire from my house in SE Fort Collins about 20 miles away. By yesterday, the fire had spread to 40,000 acres and was threating homes within a couple miles of the city. I took this picture of a helecopter dumping water on the fire very close to those homes."

(CNN) -- Firefighters Thursday made progress against a massive wildfire 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado, but the blaze was still causing problems, officials said.

The High Park Fire, which has consumed 52,000 acres, jumped Highway 14, prompting the evacuations of 80 residents at Stevens Gulch. Additional residents in the area were on standby to evacuate.

A thunder cell created embers on the western perimeter of the fire, officials said Thursday evening. But weather conditions into Friday were expected to aid firefighters.

The fire, which has claimed at least one life, was estimated to be 15% contained Thursday. The blaze was 10% contained Wednesday.

At least 100 structures are confirmed lost, but hundreds of families were anxiously waiting to hear whether their homes survived.

Hundreds of firefighters from around the United States are assisting local departments that have been battling the fire.

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