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Letter: Sulphur District ranger expresses gratitude

I would like to express my deep appreciation for the Type 3 Incident Management Team’s long hours and safe operations on the Sugarloaf Fire. Their work protecting our community, watersheds and infrastructure was invaluable. After more than two weeks on the job, the Type 3 team transitioned the fire to a smaller Type 4 team on Monday.

Firefighters and support from across the nation responded to the Sugarloaf Fire during a critical moment in the fire season in late June: “These professionals arrived from around the nation, coming from 18 different states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. They are the best team I have worked with. I was amazed at how cohesive this group was.”

All team members come with different skill sets, extensive knowledge, and experience. Some team members are local, which contributes to a wealth of knowledge of the area. Primarily, they work together to suppress and manage the wildfire with different strategies until containment/control is achieved, while meeting the main objective, protecting both the public and firefighters involved.

Currently, the Type 4 Incident Management team will continue to assess the situation daily, maintain protections placed around important structures and update the community on any changes in fire activity. As of today, the Sugarloaf Fire is 35 percent contained. It is showing low intensity heat only in a small portion of the southwest section of the fire area, consuming dead and down debris from overgrowth of vegetation. Firefighters will continue to work, monitor, and patrol the Sugarloaf Fire until a substantial wetting rain or snow event occurs in that area.

Thank you to the community for all your support of the team while they were here. And please give a wave to the new team members you see around town.

Jon Morrissey, Sulphur District Ranger – Granby

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