(Updated) Officials: Small wildfire near Sugarloaf Campground in Williams Fork Valley now contained | SkyHiNews.com

(Updated) Officials: Small wildfire near Sugarloaf Campground in Williams Fork Valley now contained

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(Updated at 2:54 p.m. with additional information.)

A wildfire reported this morning near Sugarloaf Campground in the Williams Fork Valley, about 25 miles south of Parshall, has been contained, according to the Grand County Office of Emergency Management.

The Hot Sulphur Springs-Parshall Fire District, the U.S. Forest Service and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene after smoke and flames were noticed shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday, according to the officials. Firefighters are monitoring the fire, that is smoldering in beetle-kill timber on steep terrain above 10,000 feet.

A forest service helicopter was in the area helping to get the fire under control, according to officials.

The fire was relatively small, according to officials, and believed to have originated from a lightning strike overnight.

Two campgrounds were in the vicinity of the fire, the South Fork and Sugarloaf Campgrounds, which had been evacuated. Sugarloaf has 11 campsites and South Fork has 21. At this time evacuations have been lifted and there is no immediate threat to structures.

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