Gunnison National Forest issues forest closure for area around Low Line Fire

Low Line Fire
Posted at 10:18 PM, Jul 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-30 19:59:56-04

GUNNISON COUNTY, Colo. — The Gunnison National Forest has issued a forest closure for the area around the Low Line Fire.

The fire, which was sparked by a lightning bolt, is burning roughly 14 miles north-northwest of Gunnison. As of Sunday, the blaze is 1,096 acres and 7% contained, according to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team.

A pre-evacuation notice has been lifted for residents on CR 818 to the CR 730 intersection. Residents can return to that area, according to Gunnison County. A mandatory evacuation order remained in effect for CR 727 (Mill Creek).

Ten structures are threatened in the Mill Creek and Squirrel drainages — both of which were evacuated Wednesday. Residents along County Road 818 to the intersection of County Road 730 (Ohio Creek) are under pre-evacuation notice. Click here for the latest evacuation information.

More than 150 fire personnel are battling the blaze.

Those who wish to donate to help the community of firefighters are asked to give to the Gunnison Food Pantry or Wildland Firefighter Foundation.