Update: Gore Ridge Fire smolders west of Kremmling
The Gore Ridge Fire west of Kremmling continues to smolder Wednesday evening, as firefighting crews stay busy working with chainsaws to remove snags and other debris from the burn area.
Grand Fire Protection District Chief Ron Thompson said crews will likely continue working the fire until around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening before shutting down operations for the night. Local officials have not changed the perimeter containment figure from the figure reported Wednesday morning Sept. 14. Containment on the Gore Ridge Fire still stands at 35 percent officially and the burn area remains at slightly over eight-and-a-half-acres.
Fire authorities plan to reassess the situation on the ground Thursday morning, though optimism was running high Wednesday as evening approached. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon no structures had been lost and no injuries were reported.
Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin, Incident Commander for the fire, said there is no plan to reinstate the recently terminated fire restrictions for Grand County. “We consider this an isolated event,” Sheriff Schroetlin said. He went on to explain local authorities continuously assess the fire danger in Grand County and at this time there is no need to put the restrictions back into place.
Fire activity today has been comparatively low with no additional crowning occurring. Crowing, when fire spreads by moving through the treetops (or crowns), is one of the quickest ways fire spreads. Chief Thompson said there is no anticipation of additional fire growth at this time and that the expectation is the fire will reach full containment sometime on Thursday Sept. 15. He added that even though the fire could be fully contained by Thursday officials expect portions of the interior of the area to continue smoldering for several days.
Firefighters, with the assistance of the reconnaissance focused Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) operated by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, will remain vigilante throughout the night watching for hot spots and flare-ups. Firefighters were called into the area late last night to address a flare-up that was detected around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 13. They remained on-scene and were able to bring the flare-up under control and head for home around 2 a.m.
Evacuation orders for the 12 homes that were threatened by the fire remain in effect with officials hoping to allow residents to return home sometime Thursday, if conditions persist.
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