Additional crews join Sugarloaf Fire fight |

Additional crews join Sugarloaf Fire fight

McKenna Harford
A map detailing the precise location of the continuing Sugarloaf Fire in the Williams Fork Valley.

Fire officials have increased their presence at the Sugarloaf Fire on Thursday, after the fire grew to 1,280 acres.

According to Inciweb, the interagency information management website, the fire remains at 20 percent contained. A crew of an additional 23 members will focus on securing the northeast edges of the fire, near Darling Creek. Officials had been previously monitoring the area for growth since they expected increased fire activity if it were to cross the creek.

Officials expect increased moisture and rain from thunderstorms in the area, as well as gusty winds.

All necessary work for structure protection, including homes in the area as well as Henderson Mill and Mine infrastructure, has been completed according to federal reports. Fire crews have also laid out over 6,000 feet of hose, which will remain until the fire is no longer a threat.

The Sugarloaf Fire is being fought under a suppression strategy, according to federal reports. Terry Baker, deputy forest supervisor for the Arapaho National Forest, explained last week that the Forest Service is being cautious in their suppression efforts, taking into account the remote nature of the area as well as the hazard posed to firefighters by the steep rugged terrain of the area as well as the extensive landscape of trees impacted by beetle-kill pine.

According to federal officials, the Sugarloaf Fire was ignited by a lightning strike in the area on June 28.

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