Latest Updates: East Troublesome Fire in Grand County forces new mandatory evacuation orders

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GRAND COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The East Troublesome Fire is burning northeast of Kremmling in Grand County. It has grown rapidly since it started on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Below you will find updates on the fire’s progression, firefighting efforts and evacuations.

UPDATE (Oct. 19, 10:54 p.m.): As of Monday night, the fire is burning 13,364 acres with 10% containment. High winds and dry conditions are factoring into the spread of the fire.

UPDATE (Oct. 19, 11:15 a.m.): Overnight from Sunday into Monday the East Troublesome Fire spread by about 1/4 mile to the east.

The fire is currently estimated at 12,665 acres with 12% containment. A total of 231 personnel are working at the fire.

Today, air support will be used to drop water and retardant on the easternmost portion of the fire to slow progression toward Colorado Route 125.

UPDATE (Oct. 17, 11:24 a.m.): According to the Colorado Climate Center, based on available data, there is no record of such a large wildfire starting so late in the year. The East Troublesome Fire started on Oct. 14.

UPDATE (Oct. 17, 10:38 a.m.): An additional mandatory evacuation has been issued for both sides of Highway 125 from mile marker 5 to the Grand County-Jackson County line.

An evacuation center has been established at the Inn at SilverCreek in Granby.

A map of the new evacuation area is below:

The area under evacuation orders as of Friday morning. Credit: Grand County Sheriff’s Office.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the fire area until late this afternoon.

UPDATE (Oct. 17, 10:26 a.m.): According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, Highway 34 is closed near Granby due to the fire. The closure is located from Granby (mile marker 0) and continues north to miler marker 27. There is no estimated time of reopening.

CDOT issued the following detour information:

Residents and travelers can detour around the closure from Granby by traveling west on US Highway 40 for 55 miles, then turning east onto Colorado Highway 14 towards Walden. Please note CO 14 continues to be closed east of Walden, but travelers can continue further north on CO 125 into Wyoming. A previous road closure in the area was lifted on Friday. Motorists coming from the north can use the same route in reverse.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The East Troublesome Fire in Grand County forced authorities to issue a new round of mandatory evacuation orders Friday evening.

According to the Grand County Office of Emergency Management, people in the Sheriff Creek and Kinney Creek areas must leave the area.

The U.S. Forest Service said the fire is burning on federal land north of Parshall and Kremmling.

When the fire started on Wednesday, the Big Horn Park area was placed under a mandatory evacuation order.

Evacuees should go to the Kremmling Fairgrounds for accountability, GCOEM said.

As of Friday afternoon, the fire had burned 7,871 acres. There is no estimate on containment.

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