CANON CITY, Colo. — The wildfire that sparked July 9 about nine miles northwest of Cañon City is now 100% contained.
The Canyonlands Fire stayed about 50 acres for a few days and is entirely on Bureau of Land Management lands. Officials said it was about 90% contained earlier in the day Wednesday, but confirmed it had reached 100% by 3:30 p.m. and had decreased in size to about 34 acres.
While crews work to monitor the fire, nearby residents should expect to see smoke periodically in the area.
According to the Bureau of Land Management, there are islands of unburned vegetation within the fire containment lines and with warm weather expected through Friday, these areas may ignite. However, the pockets are all within the burned area perimeter, so they don’t pose a significant threat to the fire containment lines, according to BLM.
Firefighters will map the perimeter with a GPS unit on Wednesday to provide exact fire acreage.
The wildfire has not caused any area or road closures. It was likely sparked by lightning.