East Troublesome Fire in Grand County grows to 13,364 acres by Monday evening

Fire is 10% contained
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Posted at 12:41 PM, Oct 19, 2020

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — The East Troublesome Fire grew to 13,364 acres by Monday eveninig and is 10% contained.

On Monday morning, officials said air operations will continue dropping water and retardant on the eastern part of the fire to slow its march toward Colorado Highway 125. This will continue as long as winds stay calm, according to the fire's incident management team.

Meanwhile, on the ground crews, firefighters will construct line directly on the fire's western edge. Dozer lines and retardant has been placed along the southern flank of the fire. Crews will scout for places to put indirect fire line on the north side of the fire.

Fire officials said they have completed structure assessments and plan to continue protecting the ones along Highway 125 east of the fire's front.

Skies are clearing over the fire on Monday, bringing more sun and dry conditions, as well as winds 15-20 mph, with gusts up to 30-40 mph.

As of Monday morning, 231 people were assigned to the fire, with additional support arriving regularly to help, according to the fire's incident management team.

A few areas around the fire are under mandatory evacuations.

Click here for an interactive map of the fire, including areas that were evacuated or are under pre-evacuation status.

The Grand County Sheriff's Office reduced the evacuation order for Big Horn Park subdivision to pre-evacuation status on Monday.

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Highway 125 is closed north of Granby from mile post 5 through 27, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. In addition, all public lands north of Hot Sulphur Springs to Willow Creek Pass and east of Highway 24 are closed.

Fire officials are constantly evaluating the fire to see when they can rescind the closures.

The fire was first reported on Oct. 14 north of Hot Sulphur Springs. Fire officials said the estimated date of full containment is Nov. 10.

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