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Evacuation order issued for Low Line Fire burning in Gunnison County

As of 10 p.m., the fire, which was caused by lightning, has burned roughly 681 acres
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Posted at 8:22 PM, Jul 26, 2023

GUNNISON COUNTY, Colo. — Evacuation orders have been issued for the Low Line Fire burning in Gunnison County, roughly 14 miles northwest of Gunnison and 11 miles southwest of Crested Butte.

As of 10 p.m., the fire, which was caused by lightning, has burned roughly 681 acres and is 0% contained, according to county officials.

Residents in the Mill Creek drainage west of the County Road 730 and County Road 272 intersection are under a mandatory evacuation, according to Gunnison County. Those who live along County Road 818 to the intersection with County Road 730 (Ohio Creek) are under a pre-evacuation notice, the county said.

Low Line Fire

Those who need to evacuate large animals should take them to the Gunnison County Fairgrounds, located at 275 South Spruce Street.

Click here for the current evacuation map

The fire was reported around 8 a.m. on the north aspect of a ridge between Squirrel and Mill creeks, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire is burning up Ohio Creek, the county said.

An air quality health advisory for wildfire smoke is in effect until 9 a.m. Friday for Gunnison County.

For more information on the fire, call 970-641-7607.