Slight rainfall has little impact on Sugarloaf Fire |

Slight rainfall has little impact on Sugarloaf Fire

The Sugarloaf Fire burns in the Williams Fork Range on June 28.
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The Sugarloaf Fire has remained steady in size and containment throughout the second half of July, according to an update from fire officials.

The fire has been at 1,280 acres since July 12 and remains at 35 percent containment. Officials are still estimating an August 31 containment date.

“The fire is still smoldering with some single tree torching in a small portion of the southwest side and is being closely monitored daily,” officials said. “Closures are being reevaluated and will continue to stay in effect until further notice.”

Slight amounts of rain fell on the fire area on Monday and Wednesday this week helping to slow the fire. The National Weather Service forecasts a slight chance of thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow afternoon. 

Last week, officials were able to downgrade the fire to a Type 4 incident, which signals a decrease in the complexity of fire suppression efforts. As of Saturday the Sugarloaf Fire still has 37 personnel assigned to assist with suppression efforts along with one fire engine and two helicopters.

The fire, which started on June 28 from a lightning strike, is primarily burning in the Darling Creek drainage just south of Byers Peak Wilderness and roughly 13 miles southwest of Fraser.

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