Wildfire update: Weston Pass Fire nears 10,000 acres, Sugarloaf remains stable | SummitDaily.com

Wildfire update: Weston Pass Fire nears 10,000 acres, Sugarloaf remains stable

Sawyer D’Argonne
A helicopter transports water to contain the Weston Pass FIre Monday, July 2, near Fairplay.
Hugh Carey / hcarey@summitdaily.com

The Weston Pass Fire continues to burn south of Fairplay, growing from 6,500 acres to almost 9,500 over night with zero percent containment, according to Inciweb, an interagency incident information management system.

More than 400 firefighters are actively engaged with the blaze, which ignited after a lightning strike hit nine miles south of Fairplay last Thursday. Evacuations remain in effect for Black Mountain south of County Road 22 and Campground of the Rockies (CORA). Black Mountain north of County Road 22 and Thousand Peaks are under voluntary or pre-evacuation notices.

The fire is currently just one mile northwest of CORA, and officials are nearing completion on a structure protection plan. Meanwhile, firefighters are working to establish a line along Forest Service Road 168 to remove fuels between containment lines and the fire’s edge. Officials are setting up dozer lines along Forest Service Road 443 west toward 431 that will act as the southern primary containment line to hold the fire.

The forecast over the next few days also won’t bring any relief, as officials are expecting low humidity and warm temperatures along with moderate winds.

Sugarloaf fire

The Sugarloaf Fire remained relatively stable last night as it continues to burn 1,200 acres southwest of Fraser. About one percent of the perimeter is currently contained, though no homes or businesses are considered to be in danger.

Fifty one firefighters are on scene, accompanied by four engines and a Type-3 helicopter. Two Type-2 helicopters have been ordered to help stop the fire from crossing the main Darling Creek drainage and to slow fire activity southwest of the main fire.

There is currently a Red Flag Warning in affect, warning of isolated showers and thunderstorms south and east of the fire. Southwest winds of up to 20-miles-per-hour are expected.

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