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East Troublesome Fire grows to almost 14,000 acres

Update 5:30 p.m.: The East Troublesome Fire saw high activity throughout the day Monday, with a spot jumping the southern containment line near Elk Mountain.

Crews are working to adjust the southern containment line around the new spot, as well as continue strengthening lines on the west side of the fire near the Big Horn Park subdivision.

The fire was mapped at 13,796 acres around 1 p.m. Monday.

Due to smoke hindering visibility, aerial operations were not able to be utilized on the east side of the fire Monday morning, but firefighters are staged in the area, near CO Highway 125.

The fire is approximately a mile and a quarter from Highway 125 and the fire continues to move roughly a mile per five hours.

More resources are still needed on the fire, according to the incident commander.

The sheriff’s office also continues to evaluate pre-evacuation and evacuation orders. For the latest evacuation information, download the CODERed app or sign up for CODERed alerts on gcemergency.com.

Original: With little growth overnight on the East Troublesome Fire, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office has downgraded the Big Horn Park subdivision from evacuation to pre-evacuation orders.

The neighborhood had been evacuated on Wednesday. The East Troublesome Fire remains at 12,655 acres with 10% containment. According to a US Forest Service, the fire spread about a quarter mile east overnight.

Fire crews spent Sunday working to protect the Big Horn Park neighborhood and build a containment line south of the blaze, while continuing aerial drops on the east side of the fire.

Work on the southern and western containment lines will continue today, as well as efforts to slow growth to the east using more aerial drops.

Winds are expected to remain strong throughout the day today and shift directions to the northwest this afternoon.

More resources are being sent to the fire, which currently has 231 personnel on it, in an effort to keep the flames from Colorado Highway 125.

So far, the only change to evacuation and pre-evacuation orders has been for the Big Horn Park subdivision.

Colorado Highway 125 remains closed from milepost 5 to milepost 27, and public lands north of Hot Sulphur Springs to Willow Creek Pass and east to US Highway 34 are still restricted to the public.

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