Officials believe Church Park Fire human-caused
October 4, 2010
A fire that has already burned 450 acres west of Fraser is believed to have been human-caused, said incident spokesperson Nowell Curran.
The Church Park Fire, located approximately five miles northwest of Fraser on the south side of Sheep Mountain, was reported shortly after noon yesterday.
The exact cause is still under investigation.
The fire grew to approximately 450 acres in size Sunday afternoon but experienced little growth overnight. No evacuation orders have been given. A reverse 911 alert went out asking area residents to prepare for a possible evacuation.
The fire is approximately 2 miles away from structures. There are four helicopters and five air tankers working the blaze along with ground crews.
The U.S. Forest Service has command of the fire. Firefighters from Kremmling Fire, Hot Sulphur Fire, Granby Fire, Grand Lake Fire and East Grand Fire are all assisting.
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All told, there are approximately 200 personnel on duty working and monitoring the fire.
This story will be updated throughout the day.
Due to the recent wildfire activity, smoke levels may increase in Grand County, especially in low-lying areas or valleys. Drifting smoke can lead to decreased visibility so be aware of where smoke levels may be highest and drive attentively. Smoke will likely be more dense starting at dusk through mid-morning.
Smoke from wildfires can present health risks to everyone. However, smoke can especially pose a problem for individuals with asthma and others with chronic lung or heart disease. Other individuals at high risk include children, older adults, and pregnant women.
To mitigate exposures to smoke during wildfires Grand County Public Health officials are urging residents and visitors, especially high-risk individuals, to take the following precautions:
• Limit outdoor activities and remain indoors with the windows and doors closed.
• Drink plenty of fluids to keep your respiratory membranes moist.
• Reduce your physical activity to decrease the inhalation of airborne pollutants.
• Reduce activities that increase indoor air pollution. For example, cigarette smoking, propane and/or wood burning stoves/furnaces, cooking, burning candles/incense, and vacuuming can greatly increase indoor particulate matter.
• When driving, keep windows and vents closed. Run your air conditioner on recycle or re-circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air.
• If you develop symptoms suggestive of lung or heart problems, including chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, or extreme fatigue, consult a medical provider as soon as possible.
If you are asthmatic, health officials recommend you consult with your medical provider to establish an asthma management plan and make sure asthmatics have at least a five-day supply of medication available.