BREAKING: ‘Golf Course Fire’ evacuees will not be permitted to return to their homes tonight |

BREAKING: ‘Golf Course Fire’ evacuees will not be permitted to return to their homes tonight

For information For those seeking information regarding the Golf Course Fire, a hotline has been set up for people to call until 9 p.m. Thursday. People seeking information can call (970) 725-3100. Where to go As the evacuation order remains in effect overnight Thursday, people are able to stay, along with their pets, in the emergency shelter set up at the Grand Lake Center at 301 Marina Dr. in Grand Lake. Cots will be provided, along with food and water.

Update at 7:45 p.m. Thursday

Evacuees of the “Golf Course Fire” will not be permitted to return to their homes until tomorrow at the earliest, according to EMS Chief Ray Jennings who provided an update on the situation this evening to the evacuees at the Grand Lake Center.

Jennings estimated that the fire currently stands at about 20 acres and that no structures have been affected. The fire will be monitored overnight.

Electricity has been turned off to customers in the Columbine Lake area as a precaution, but natural gas remains on. There is currently no

Jennings said there will be another update at 9 a.m. Friday.

Aerial fire operations had to be grounded shortly before 7 p.m. due to an individual flying an unauthorized drone in the area of the fire, according to Grand Lake emergency manager.


A slurry plane flies above Grand Lake through the smoke from the Golf Course Fire.

UPDATE: 6 p.m. Thursday

The fire in the Columbine Lake area of unincorporated Grand County, now called the “Golf Course Fire,” is currently five to 10 acres in size and could turn towards homes within the area, according to Grand County Office of Emergency Management.

The Red Cross along with Grand County Office of Emergency Management has established an emergency shelter in the Grand Lake Center at 301 Marina Dr. in Grand Lake. Grand Lake Town Manager Jim White said more than 100 people are already occupying the shelter and more continue to come in.

Two slurry planes, along with helicopters, have been circling the fire. Smoke seems to have dissipated in the area.

County Road 48 is currently closed to incoming traffic and all residents are to be cautious when driving along Highway 34 to and from Grand Lake. The town of Grand Lake is currently unaffected and businesses are open as normal.

Evacuees from the Columbine Lake area wait around for more information at the Grand Lake Center on Thursday.


Grand Lake Town Manager Jim White talks to Sky-Hi News from the emergency shelter for evacuees at the Grand Lake Center:


The Golf Course Fire as seen from across Lake Granby.

A wildfire that is currently burning northwest of the town of Grand Lake is now forcing evacuations in the area.

The fire is currently roughly 10 to 15 acres in size, prompting the evacuations of between 200 to 300 residents residing along County Road 48, east to Highway 34 and north into Rocky Mountain National Park in the Grand Lake Golf Course and Columbine Lake areas.

The sheriff’s department has advised people to gather essential needs such as medications, contact info for friends and family and a  go kit.

Notifications through the county’s Code-Red notification system have gone out to those within that area and will be updated accordingly.

People are asked not to call 911 for general information as they are working the calls.


Sky-Hi News live from the scene at Elk Creek Campground, which was soon after evacuated:

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