Officials update closure area for Sugarloaf Fire
After a month of no new growth and a steady containment rate, fire officials have reopened campgrounds surrounding the Sugarloaf Fire, though the Darling Creek area remains closed.
The Sugarloaf Fire has remained at a containment rate of 35 percent and a size of 1,280 acres since July. With little fire activity, officials have reopened the Sugarloaf and South Fork campgrounds.
Though little fire activity has been recorded over the last few weeks, the burn area still contains hot spots and is being monitored daily. The fire is mostly fueled by the dead lodgepole pine trees in the area.
“Firefighting resources continue to camp out near the fire, monitoring, patrolling and testing pumps and hoses for structure protection purposes daily,” stated fire officials.
A water system was placed around Trails End Ranch and Ute Park Ranch in case fire activity does pick up. Officials also continue to monitor the side drainage to the west of the Darling Creek area.
Darling Creek, Ute Peak and Ute Park trails and trailheads remain closed, as well as western portions of the Byers Peak Wilderness.
Originally, the estimated date of containment was Aug. 31, but officials now believe the fire will continue to burn until significant rain or snow falls in the area.
The fire began due to a lightning strike and has burned in the area about 13 miles southwest of Fraser since June 28.
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