Key Facts as of 9:00 a.m.
Fire activity last night was minimal. A cold front passed through the area bringing 1 to 3 inches of much needed precipitation over the burn area.
Crews continue to make substantial progress building containment line with a total of 65% of the perimeter contained. Although snow has fallen on the fire, it is still possible for residents to see smoke coming from deep within the fire perimeter as the fire continues to smolder.
Evacuation orders have been lifted for all residences outside of the fire perimeter. Those areas within the fire perimeter remain under an evacuation order. These evacuations will remain in place until such time as it is deemed safe for residents to return to their homes.
Deputy Incident Commander Shane Del Grosso said, “We thank all cooperating agencies for their help. We’ve had a lot of success. The highways are open and power is being restored. No one has been injured.”
The Custer County Sheriff and the Colorado State Patrol continue to patrol area roads. The public is urged to stay in their vehicles, to obey speed limits, and to not stop along highways.
All roads within the fire perimeter remain closed. Motorists may experience slick roads and hazardous driving conditions resulting from last night’s rain and snow. Incident Safety Officer Joe Snyder said, “We’re asking motorists who are traveling the highways to be especially cautious as our firefighting personnel are still working the incident.”
The demobilization of the fire resources has begun. These resources may be redeployed to other fires as needed.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.