Crews contain small fire near Monarch Lake |

Crews contain small fire near Monarch Lake

Sky-Hi News staff report

Update Sunday, Aug. 16: Fire crews were able to get 100% containment on a small fire that broke out near Monarch Lake on Saturday afternoon.

According to a public information officer, firefighters knocked down the flames around 8:45 p.m.

The 1/10 acre fire is believed to have been caused by lightning.

Update 5:15 p.m.: According to the US Forest Service, a helicopter crew is currently working to contain the small blaze that’s believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.

Fire crews are enroute to a new column of smoke near Monarch Lake and the Arapaho Bay Campground.

According to a Facebook post from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, helicopters from the US Forest Service are also enroute.

The US Forest Service reported that the fire is at 1/10 acre. Drivers are being turned around as they approach the parking area for Monarch Lake.

This smoke column is separate from the plumes visible in Grand County from the Williams Fork and Cameron Peak wildfires.

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