Sugarloaf Fire reaches 1,200 acres; chance of rain Tuesday
While the massive smoke plume is no longer visible around Grand County, the Sugarloaf Fire that began last week has grown to nearly 1,200 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The fire, which is burning about 13 miles southwest of Fraser in the Williams Fork Drainage, is expected to continue to creep and smolder and back down slopes and make flanking and uphill runs when alignment allows within the Darling Creek drainage.
The fire is expected to primarily move to the north and northeast with prevailing winds.
The area experienced hot and breezy conditions over the weekend, with current expectations of hotter, drier and breezier conditions today. There is a slight chance of rain and thunderstorms in the forecast with little change in temperature and wind for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Due to fire operations and smoke from the Sugarloaf Fire in the Sulphur Ranger District in Grand County, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland has signed an area closure for a portion of National Forest System lands.
Particular areas of interest closed under this order include the Sugarloaf and South Fork Campgrounds, the Byers Peak Wilderness, Ptarmigan Pond, South Fork, Boardwalk, Ute Peak, Ute Pass, Kinney Creek, Byers Peak, Keyser Ridge, Lake Evelyn, St. Louis Lake, Williams Fork and Darling Creek trailheads; and numerous National Forest System roads and trails.
The fire is currently zero percent contained, with an estimated date of containment being Aug. 31, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The cause of the fire is currently cited as being from a natural occurrence, likely the result of a lighting strike.
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