GRANBY, COLORADO: Firefighters with Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 and the US Forest Service Sulphur Ranger District were dispatched on a smoke report near the Cottonwood Pass/County Road 553 area on Monday afternoon.
Crews scouted a small fire, located up steep terrain on private property above County Road 553, and reported it to be about 1 acre in size burning mostly fine ground fuels and occasionally torching up into stands of dead lodge pole pines. Fire authorities believe it was the result of a lightning strike on July 15th. Due to the steep terrain, hazard trees, lightning, and the time of day, crews did not engage the fire last night.
Helicopter support will be available This morning as well as a Type 1 crew dispatched from Craig, CO. Local firefighters from Granby Fire and East Grand Fire will be on scene as well. Authorities hope to have the fire contained by the end of the day Tuesday.
No structures are being threatened.
Smoke from the fire may be visible from Granby and U.S. Highway 40.