Crews get containment on Black Mountain Fire northeast of Kremmling

Officials say lightning sparked the flames

Staff report
SkyHi News
Crews have completed 13% containment on the Black Mountain Fire burning eight miles northeast of Kremmling as of Friday, Sept. 3.
Black Mountain Fire Facebook page/Courtesy photo

KREMMLING — With rain falling steadily Thursday, Sept. 2, on the Black Mountain Fire burning northeast of Kremmling, the Type 3 Incident Management Team got its first containment on the blaze.

As of Friday morning, Sept. 3, the fire was still 416 acres and 13% contained. The fire is burning about 45 miles north of Summit County.

The investigation into the cause of the fire, which started around 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, concluded it was started by lightning.

Fire crews are working to extend containment, particularly on the eastern edge of the fire. Currently, over 170 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Between Tuesday, Aug. 31, and Thursday, the fire received about a half inch of rain. Rain is forecast to continue throughout Friday, but clears up by the weekend. Rain created some muddy and unsafe roads on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 1, which kept some fire crews at the operations base. Fire crews that had camped near the fire edge continued to work on containment.

Two areas in Grand County remain under pre-evacuation orders. An area closure exists in the Routt National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management land and County Road 21 is closed to traffic.

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