(Little Cimarron Creek, CO)
The East Fork Fire with flames lapping along Little Cimarron Creek appears to be a slow burner so far. The lightning triggered wildfire has consumed over 442-acres approximately 30-miles southeast of Montrose. The blaze is burning in dry timber in steep, rugged terrain about 11-thousand feet above sea level. Fire Information Officer Rick Barton says one of the biggest dangers the inferno poses to fire fighters is trapping personnel between the main blaze and spot fires that may be sparked up to a half-mile away.
There are currently 35 cabins threatened by flames but only two of them are used as fulltime year round residences. Pre-evacuation orders are in place for cabin owners and Barton says crews are simultaneously working on structure protection and active fire suppression.
A ‘Closure Order’ has been issued by the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests prohibiting use of National Forest System roads and trails that access the East Fork Fire area. In addition, a temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the East Fork Fire area.