Reverse 911 calls prepare residents for possible evacuation near Church Park wildfire west of Fraser |

Reverse 911 calls prepare residents for possible evacuation near Church Park wildfire west of Fraser

An air tanker drops retardant on the Church Park fire on Sunday afternoon west of Fraser near Sheep Mountain in 2016. The fuel reduction project hopes to reduce wildfire risk in the area.
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No one has been evacuated yet, according to Grand County Emergency Management public information officer Nowell Curran, as the 250-acre wildfire burning west of Fraser near Church Park grows, but officials have sent out a reverse 911 call to prepare Young Life and residences on the east side of Sheep Mountain for the possibility.

Fraser Elementary School will be open as an emergency shelter and Red Cross has been notified, Curran said.

Three air tankers and a helicopter are responding to the fire in addition to ground crews.

“All local resources are out there right now, working on this fire,” Curran said. State and national forest fire crews are also preparing to respond.

Grand County’s emergency web portal is down right now, Curran added, and a technician is working to fix the problem. Updates will be available there once it is fixed.

“At this point, with the fire actively burning, if people in the area have a fire preparation plan in place, we recommend they start getting ready,” Curran said. “If not, it might be time to start thinking about turning off the gas and preparing to shut the house up IF they are asked to leave. But nobody is being asked to leave and we don’t want people to freak out at the moment.”

Sheep Mountain is located just southeast of the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch and just southwest of Pole Creek Golf Course. County Road 50 has been closed west of Young Life near Fraser.

This story will be updated.

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