Sugarloaf Fire grows to almost 900 acres overnight |

Sugarloaf Fire grows to almost 900 acres overnight

A massive smoke column billows from beyond Byers Peak near Fraser on Thursday. The fire continued burning Thursday evening, reaching nearly 900 acres.
Courtesy / Edward Bennett

One of the two wildfires currently burning in Grand County has grown to almost 900 acres since Thursday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

An update from the Forest Service provided Friday morning indicated that the fire, which began as a small, contained fire in the Williams Fork Valley about 13 miles southwest of Fraser early Thursday morning, has burned up the tundra on the northeast said of the valley. The fire is still actively burning in the Darling Creek drainage in Grand County.

Susan Valente with the Forest Service said an area in the fire’s vicinity is likely to close later Friday for public safety related to smoke. This closure will likely impact some trails, roads and campgrounds near the fire.

A smoke column, not unlike the massive plume seen from around the county yesterday, is likely to be visible again this afternoon.

A Type 3 Management Team is on order and expected to take over management of the fire from local crews Saturday morning. A Type 3 helicopter and U.S. Forest Service firefighters are assigned to the fire, according to Valente.

The Sulphur Ranger District is currently in Stage 1 Fire Restriction.

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