UPDATED: Wildfire south of Granby fully contained | SkyHiNews.com

UPDATED: Wildfire south of Granby fully contained

Hank Shell
Granby firefighters return to the incident command center after checking out the wildland fire near CR 553 on Monday evening, July 28.
Byron Hetzler/bhetzler@skyhidailynews.com | Sky-Hi News

9:32 a.m. — The “553 fire” near Cottonwood Pass is fully contained.

Light rain assisted fire crews in keeping the blaze around 1 acre in size, according to a press release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple agencies fought the fire above County Road 553 near Cottonwood Pass.

Authorities believe the fire is the result of a July 15 lightning strike.

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The fire was burning mostly fine ground fuels and beetle-kill pines and did not threaten any structures. It is located on private property.

A total of 31 personnel from the East Grand Fire Protection District, Granby Fire Protection District, the Wyoming Hot Shot Crew and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office were battling the fire on Tuesday, July 28.

Crews did not initially engage the fire because of steep terrain, hazardous trees, lightning and the time of day.

Smoke from the fire was visible from Granby, Cottonwood Pass, Hot Sulphur Springs and U.S. Highway 40.

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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