Church Park Fire now 30 percent contained
October 4, 2010
FRASER – The Church Park Fire is now 30 percent contained, according to incident commander Geoff Bell of the U.S. Forest Service in his press update this evening, Oct. 4.
The fire, which started Sunday, Oct. 3, has burned some 530 acres along the south side of Blue Ridge in the Church Park area southwest of Sheep Mountain and 5 miles west of Fraser. The area is highly visible from many populated areas in the county, including Fraser and Granby, but the fire poses no immediate threat to any structures. The closest residences are 2 miles away.
No evacuation orders have been given. A reverse 911 alert went out Sunday asking area residents to prepare for a possible evacuation.
Firefighters will monitor the fire throughout the night, Bell said. Tomorrow firefighters will continue to construct a fire line with the aid of four helicopters, two bulldozers and 12 engines. Air tankers are available if needed.
Weather conditions were more favorable today than yesterday with higher humidity and more cloud cover.
Some 228 personnel fought the fire today, including crews from Kremmling Fire, Hot Sulphur Fire, Granby Fire, Grand Lake Fire and East Grand Fire.
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Bell reported that the growth potential for the fire is “Moderate.” More crews are arriving tonight and will continue to work in very steep terrain throughout the day tomorrow. Dead trees also pose a threat to firefighters.
According to the Forest Service incident website, four road closures are in effect in Grand County, including portions of County Road 50 and 50s, County Road 53 near the YMCA, Keyser Creek Road and Beaver Creek Road.