Written by: From Candie Salyards After Incident – Incident Command PIO
The Logan/Phillips County Fire started on Monday, March 6 around 11:30 a.m. on private property near the South Plate River. Winds at speeds between 40-60 miles per hour carried the fire over Interstate 76, across the plains of Northeastern Colorado to north of Haxtun where total containment came two days later on the evening of March 8. Total, 32,564 acres burned, spanning nearly 26 miles.
Reports indicate that one home was lost in Phillips County and three were destroyed in Logan County for a total of four homes lost as well as a large number of outbuildings and other structures. Approximately 195 head of cattle and a number of other livestock were lost in the fire including at least one horse.
Seventeen local fire departments responded to the fire including Amherst, Crook, Fleming, Haxtun, Hillrose, Holyoke, Julesburg, Merino, New Raymer, Ovid, Peetz, Sedgwick, Sterling, Wages, Wauneta, Wray and Yuma. Additionally, fire strike teams from Lafayette, Littleton, Longmont, Mountain View, North Metro Fire, Poudre Fire, Thornton Fire and Westminster Fire responded. Incident command teams from Elk Creek Fire, Fairmount Fire, Genesee Fire, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Littleton Fire, University of Colorado Health and West Metro Fire were also on scene. The Platte Valley FPD and NEAHR responded in addition to local EMS agencies including Haxtun and Holyoke ambulances.
Law enforcement agencies that assisted in battling the devastating fire are the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office, Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Haxtun Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol. Phillips County Office of Emergency Management, the Logan County Office of Emergency Management, CO DHSEM and CDPS-CDFPC also played intricate rolls throughout the incident.
According to Lieutenant Dennis Aulston, the Logan County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are key players in investigating the cause of the fire. No further information is being released at this time.
Fire relief donations should be made to the Haxtun Chamber of Commerce at the Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union. Other donation sites are available such as gofundme pages, Amazon and the Red Cross. Accounts have been established at the Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union for general fire relief, individual families affected by the fire, for local fire departments, for agriculture related losses and necessities and assistance with oats needed to plant in the burnt soil. Total there are 10 accounts set up for specific families affected by the fire and additional accounts may be added at any time.
Donations to any of the above mentioned funds may be made to the Haxtun Chamber of Commerce, in care of the donor’s area of choice, at the Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union, P.O Box 41, Haxtun, CO 80731.
All monetary donations made payable to the Haxtun Chamber of Commerce Fire Relief campaign will stay within the community and will be distributed locally to those that have been affected.
Funds from accounts at the Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union will be disbursed to individuals and communities affected by the fire with priority to those who are impacted most. An advisory board, consisting of members John Chapdelaine, John Everitt, Mark Gueck, Todd Workman and Kristin Hadeen, has been established to assist in monetary relief efforts.
For more information on the Haxtun Fire Relief Advisory Board, the application process or assistance in filing the application call (970) 520-5999.
Pro-Till, the go-to location for donations and supplies, remains open to all those affected by the fire, in any way. People are encouraged to visit the location, on Haxtun’s main street, for food, water, clothes, cleaning supplies and household goods. The United Methodist Community on Relief recently sent eight pallets full of cleaning supplies. These, too are available at Pro-Till.
For up-to-date information on fire relief efforts, visit the Haxtun Community Fire Relief Facebook page.