Evacuation order lifted for Golf Course Fire in Grand County

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. -- The evacuation order was lifted for a fire in northeast Grand County that forced authorities to evacuate hundreds of homes on Thursday. The announcement was made during a community meeting in Grand Lake Friday evening.

County Road 49 was being reopened to allow that to happen.

Residents gave firefighters a standing ovation.

Also known as the Golf Course fire, its containment was at 60 percent as of Friday night.

Roads closest to the fire remained closed to keep people out and allow firefighters easy movement. People in a very few homes closest to  the fire were also not allowed to return home Friday night.

The fire is burning at Grand Lake Golf Course. Officials said Friday it has burned about 20 acres. There have been no injuries or loss of structures.

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The original evacuation order covered 300 homes and impacted about 450 people. Evacuees were sent to the Grand Lake Center at 301 Marina Drive in Grand Lake.

About two dozen residents sought shelter on Thursday night with assistance from the American Red Cross. Authorities went door-to-door telling people to leave.

"Multiple crews from Grand Lake Fire, Grand Fire, East Grand Fire, Hot Sulphur Springs, EMS and sheriff's office are currently working the fire to get it under control," Grand County officials said Thursday afternoon.

Roving fire crews monitored the fire overnight to make sure no sparks ignite additional fires along the perimeter.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The Golf Course Fire is separate from the Sugarloaf Fire, which is burning in southeastern Grand County near the Summit County border.

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