World News – US – The troublesome East Fire explodes in size to 125K acres, forcing evacuations around Grand Lake


GRAND COUNTY, Colorado – The troublesome eastern blaze is now almost six times the size of it was around 6 pm Wednesday, reaching over 125,000 acres and forcing evacuations in and around of Grand Lake, as well as the complete closure of the Rocky Mountain National Park

The blaze was estimated at 19,086 acres and 10% contained Wednesday night Officials initially updated the area to around 39,000 acres on Thursday morning before announcing the most updated area of ​​125 acres InciWeb, an incident management website, says the total is 125,602 acres

This marks the blaze as the fourth largest wildland fire in Colorado history A fire commander said Thursday morning that the blaze had spread 20 miles north of Granby and Grant Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Just before 9 a.m. on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Rocky Mountain National Park announced that the entire park was closed to visitors due to fires west of the Continental Divide Air quality is dangerous in the park

The entire town of Grand Lake was evacuated on Wednesday, along with all residents of the north, west and along Highway 34 This includes the area east of Highway 125, from Mile 5 to highway 40

Evacuees were told to head south on Highway 34, if possible An evacuation center has been established at the Inn at Silver Creek, located at 62927 US-40 in Granby

Additionally, the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park is closed Wednesday night to everyone except evacuees Eastbound Trail Ridge Road is currently open for them, a spokesperson said Westbound Trail Ridge Road is closed at Rainbow Curve

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Around 1 a.m. Thursday in a Facebook video, Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin spoke about how difficult the day has been

« I have a message, » he said « I don’t even know what those words are Today (Wednesday) was an extremely difficult day for our community We knew that fire was here We knew some the impacts We looked at every possible potential for this fire We never, ever expected that 6,000 acres per hour would fall on our community « 

He said the winds were strong and therefore the behavior of the fire was strong

“As we travel through this northern part of Grand County, I don’t know what we’ll see in the morning, to be honest,” he said. “But you know what? Together, as a community , we’re going to go through this « 

A commander in charge of the incident on Thursday morning said they were trying to set up a line of fire along the southern edge of the blaze, north of Route 34

Strong winds followed by a cold front are expected Thursday More resources arrive to help in the Grand Lake and Granby regions

Rocky Mountain Park and the Continental Divide are between the east fire and Cameron Peak, but according to Grand County mapping, the fire limits are only 113 km from each other

The fire was first reported on October 14 north of Hot Sulfur Springs The cause remains under investigation

The 10 largest wildfires in state history, ranked by area, are: 1 Cameron Peak Fire (2020): 206,667 acres2 Pine Gulch Fire (2020): 139,007 acres3 Hayman Fire (2002): 137,760 acres4 Cloudy East Fire (2020): 125,677 acres5 Spring Fire (2018): 108,045 acres6 High Park Fire (2012): 87,284 acres7 Missionary Ridge Fire (2002): 72,962 acres8,416 Fire (2018): 54,000 acres9 Bridger Fire (2008): 45,800 acres10 Faint hope fire (2012): 45,000 acres Note: The Rocky Mountain Region Coordination Center said the West Fork Complex fire, which burned a total of 109,632 acres in 2013, is not included on this list because it involved three separate fires

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Problematic fire in the east

World News – US – Problematic fire in the east explodes up to 125,000 acres, forcing evacuations around Grand Lake


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