Sugarloaf Fire in Grand County grows to 1,280 acres

Source: InciWeb

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — A fire burning at high elevations in Grand County has burned 1,280 acres as of Saturday, according to officials.

Containment is at 35 percent.

The Sugarloaf Fire is burning beetle-killed trees in a remote area north of Loveland Pass and 13 miles southwest of Fraser. It is about 4 miles from the Summit County line.

“A closure is now in effect near the fire to the east of Grand County Road 3, south of the Keyser Creek/Churches Park Road, and going east as far as the Fraser Experimental Forest,” authorities said via InciWeb, a website that provides official wildfire updates.

A Type 3 management team took control of firefighting efforts on June 30. A smaller Type 4 team is expected to take over soon.

Firefighters are trying to prevent the fire from crossing Darling Creek, which could allow fire behavior to increase significantly.

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Officials believe the fire was likely caused by a lightning strike June 28. No structures are immediately threatened and no evacuations have been ordered.

The fire is separate from the Golf Course Fire — also in Grand County — which is now fully contained.