Church's Park Fire May Burn Until It Snows

Wildfire Now 70 Percent Contained

The 473-acre Church's Park Fire in Grand County is now 70 percent contained. However, officials said neighbors can expect to see smoke and burning in the interior of the fire until snow covers the area.

The fire started Sunday afternoon about five miles west of Fraser on the south side of Sheep Mountain. The fire is burning on National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands. It is about two miles from any structures.

"The increase from 40 to 70 percent in containment was due to the great work the crews were doing in securing the line, felling dangerous trees, and making additional fire line," said Operations Chief Shawn Pearson.

Crews will spend Thursday continuing to secure the line and work the hot spots on the interior of the fire, mostly on the northwest side.

The Roosevelt Hot Shot Crew and a Colorado State Crew are working together on the south and east sides to further secure that section of the line.

The Grand County sheriff has lifted all evacuation alerts.

Authorities said the fire was human-caused, but have not released any other details.