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Sugarloaf Fire reaches 900 acres, nears Summit County

Summit Daily
The Sugarloaf Fire in the Williams Fork Range near Silverthorne.
Hugh Carey/Summit Daily

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Sugarloaf Fire bared its teeth toward Summit County last night, ballooning to 900 acres, according to Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons, who also serves as the county’s wildfire warden. As of now, Summit County isn’t considered to be in imminent danger.

The blaze, located near Henderson Mill south of Kremmling, is now within 4.5 miles from Summit County based on the final multi-mission aircraft flyover that took place late last night. Contingency plans are in place should the fire spread into Summit County.

While final reports from last night suggested the fire was more likely to move east based on weather, officials are being cautious given other conditions. Last night, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction issued a red flag warning across most of western Colorado, warning of low humidity and dry fuels which could exacerbate fires along the Western Slope.

Summit County entered Stage 2 fire restrictions Thursday, which means open flames, charcoal grills and outdoor smoking are all off limits.

An update on Inciweb, an interagency incident information management system, noted that there may be trail, road and campground closures in the area later Friday for public safety reasons related to smoke. A Type 3 incident management team is on order and expected to take over management of the fire tomorrow morning.


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