The East Fork Fire burning along Little Cimarron Creek 30 miles outside of Montrose is now 40-percent contained; the total amount of acreage scarred by flames stands at 447-acres. Pre-evacuation orders remain in place for cabin owners in the area and the northern portion of Silver Jack Reservoir has been reopened to public access. Fire Information Officer Ted Pettis says there has been no shortage of visitors to the area watching fire fighters at work and snapping photographs of the helicopters being used to scoop up water from the lake to drop on the inferno.
The fire was over 40-percent contained yesterday afternoon and Pettis says fire managers anticipate making even greater progress during the next couple of days. Luckily no structures have been damaged by the flames and there have been no injuries. There have been some medical issues with fire fighters, mostly involving their reaction to working at such a high altitude: the heart of the blaze is burning at above the 11-thousand feet elevation.