Colorado Fire Map, Update as East Troublesome Blaze Grows to Nearly 200,000 Acres

Colorado's East Troublesome Fire in Grand County has burned 192,560 acres, with 10 percent contained, according to the latest report Sunday by the Incident Information System of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

A Winter Storm Warning was issued in the area until 7 a.m. local time Monday, with four to eight inches of snow expected and up to 12 inches by the Continental Divide and Jones Pass areas.

"Although the snow is expected to slow fire activity, large downed logs and other large fuels under the forest canopy will still smolder. Temperatures are forecasted to gradually warm back up beginning Tuesday," the NWCG report said Sunday.

There are currently seven large active fires in Colorado, which have collectively burned at least 423,133 acres, according to the latest report Sunday by the National Interagency Fire Center.

Here are some of the latest updates on the current fires across the state.

East Troublesome Fire

  • Size: 192,560 acres.
  • Containment: 10 percent.
  • Location: Grand County.

The East Troublesome blaze was forecast to "creep and smolder into the overnight hours as snow begins to fall across the incident. Minimal growth expected after midnight," the NWCG noted Sunday.

"We're looking really, really good," fire officials said Sunday. "We're going to keep working."

Pre-evacuation notices and evacuation orders have been lifted in all areas south of Highway 40, the towns of Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs, the south end of County Road 21 as well as all areas south of Granby through the Tabernash community.

"Any evacuated residents may return to their homes, but be vigilant and prepared if the East Troublesome Fire takes an unpredicted change," the Grand County Office of Emergency Management warned Sunday.

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Rocky Mountain National Park are closed, while "there is an area closure on the Bureau of Land Management – Kremmling Field Office lands," the NWCG noted Sunday.

Recent radar loop shows returns from snow falling across northern mountains and foothills. #CameronPeakFire and #EastTroublesomeFire are receiving moderate snow. It looks like these fires could receive up to a foot and a half from this storm. #COwx

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) October 25, 2020

Cameron Peak Fire

  • Size: 208,663 acres.
  • Containment: 64 percent.
  • Location: Larimer County.

"All areas of the fire received a significant amount of snow. Due to the snow and poor road conditions, a very small number of overhead was out in the field today to ensure the snow kept fire activity to a minimum and lines were holding," according to the latest NWCG report Sunday.

Mandatory evacuations have been downgraded to voluntary evacuations in the Estes Valley area, east of the Mary's Lake Road corridor, east of the Elm Road corridor and east of the Fall River Road corridor.

"The snow has calmed but not extinguished the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak fires," and residents returning to the Estes Valley were warned to "remain prepared for mandatory evacuations if fire conditions change," the Larimer County Sheriff's Office noted Sunday.

Middle Fork Fire

  • Size: 20,433 acres.
  • Containment: 12 percent.
  • Location: Routt County.

The Middle Fork Fire, burning in the Routt National Forest 10 miles north of the city of Steamboat Springs, saw minimal fire activity on Sunday. Minimal fire behavior and fire spread are expected Monday and Tuesday, according to the latest report Sunday by the NWCG.

"There are no evacuation or pre-evacuation orders in effect for Routt County. Pre-evacuations are in place in Jackson County for Rainbow Lakes, Aqua Fria, as well as the Teal and Tiago Lake areas.

"This alert is not intended for the Rainbow Lakes Residential Community. This notification from Jackson County was primarily made for hunters, and ranchers with cattle in those areas," the NWCG noted Sunday.

Williams Fork Fire

  • Size: 14,749 acres.
  • Containment: 30 percent.
  • Location: Grand County.

Winds increased fire activity from the Williams Fork Fire on Saturday but the blaze stayed within the fireline perimeter, according to the latest NWCG report Sunday.

While smoldering in heavy fuels was projected, no fire growth was expected, the NWCG noted Sunday.

Other fires

  • Calwood Fire, Boulder County (10,105 acres; 76 percent contained).
  • Ice Fire, Silverton (596 acres; 90 percent contained).
Colorado Chatridge 2 fire June 2020
Firefighters monitoring the Chatridge 2 fire on June 29 in Littleton, Colorado. The state's more recent East Troublesome Fire in Grand County has burned nearly 200,000 acres, as of Sunday, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images