Three structures lost in Simms Fire burning southwest of Montrose

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Posted at 9:10 PM, May 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-23 08:32:22-04

Three structures have been lost in the Simms Fire burning 15 miles southwest of Montrose, the U.S. Forest Service said in a Friday evening update.

The fire is 373 acres and 90% contained as of 10 p.m. Sunday. It was first reported at 4:25 p.m Thursday, and its cause is under investigation.

Most evacuation orders have been lifted, except for those in the Wildcat Canyon Drainage area.

Simms Fire evacuation area 5-20 6:30p

According to the Forest Service, the Simms Fire traveled into a previous Bureau of Land Management prescribed fire treatment, which helped slow down the fire and reduce its intensity. Friday's weather, which included snow, also helped firefighters.