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11:54 AM, Jun 23, 2012   |    comments
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"We thought the worst was over, because they said it was going up Rist Canyon," Larimer County resident Judy Devore said.

Devore was helping family members who live in Glacier View. Her daughter, Rose Sollenbarger, had already evacuated once and was moving her stuff back in.

"We saw the black [smoke] come up over the top and we knew we had to get out of there," Devore said. "It was not nice, and the wind was blowing."

The wind and extra hot temperatures aided the flames as it crossed over the Poudre Canyon.

"It looks like the fire has jumped Highway 14, and it's flared up again," homeowner Laura Foote said. "Everything was fine, and unfortunately it took a turn today."

Authorities set up a roadblock on Highway 74E about a quarter mile west of the small town of Livermore. Residents gathered at The Forks Lodge to watch the plume of smoke grow bigger and bigger. Ellen Gooden waited in her car for news.

"I left this morning, a beautiful morning and you just don't know," Gooden said. "I just have a feeling it's going to be a while."

Early Friday night, a new deployment of firefighters headed into the fire zone, giving people some hope.

"I think they're going to get the fire out," Gooden said. "But, I think they're just going to be vigilant."

Just when they had a little hope, resident learned that structures had been lost in their neighborhoods.

"Pretty scary," Devore said.

"This summer has not been good at all and it just started yesterday," Foote said. "It's like a nightmare. I'm waiting to wake up."

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