Royal Gorge Fire is fully contained; no new growth Sunday

More crews being diverted to fight other fires

CAÑON CITY, Colo. - The Royal Gorge Fire was fully contained as of the latest report issued Sunday at 6 p.m.

Fire crews finished mopping-up the fire perimeter on Sunday . Smoke may continue to be visible in the fire area due to isolated pockets of unburned fuel inside the containment lines.

Sunday's report was the final update for the Royal Gorge Fire from the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team B. Command of the fire will transition back to the local unit on Monday at 6 a.m. Local fire resources will continue to monitor the fire as necessary.

No homes were lost in the Royal Gorge Fire and all evacuation orders had been lifted as of Saturday.

The final size of the Royal Gorge Fire is 3,218 acres. The majority of the fire was in the City of Canon City (2,156 acres); with additional acreage on private lands (561 acres) as well as lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (501 acres).

However, the fire caused extensive damage at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Forty-eight of the park's 52 structures were damaged, along with 32 of the wooden planks on the historic bridge.

Fire Information Officer Mike Smith said the cable house and the tracks for the incline railway were badly damaged. The aerial tram and both terminal buildings were also lost, causing the cables to plunge into the gorge.

The containment effort involved 333 personnel, two helicopters, 15 engines, and three water tenders.

More crews will be diverted from the Royal Gorge Fire Sunday to assist other teams fighting wildfires elsewhere in Colorado and around the nation.

The fire started Tuesday June 11, near Cañon City and has burned 3,218 acres of land covered with Piñon-Juniper and Sage brush.

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