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Shawnee Peak Fire burning in Park County now 50% contained, officials say

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Posted at 4:50 PM, Sep 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-01 18:52:47-04

PARK COUNTY, Colo. — The Shawnee Peak Fire in Park County was about 55 acres and 50% contained on Sunday, officials said.

The lightning-sparked fire showed little activity on Saturday, according to the Pike National Forest, with creeping, smoldering, and single tree torching within the fire perimeter.

The 55-acre blaze has grown since it was first reported about a week ago due to the consumption of dry timber between the fire perimeter and constructed fire lines, officials said.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the perimeter Sunday, with a focus on the remaining uncontained fire line on the east and southeastern boundary.

No structures were at risk as of Sunday. The following trailheads were still closed: Payne Creek/Brookside McCurdy, Brookside AG, North Ben Tyler, Rock Creek, Long Gulch, and North Fork.

The fire was first reported at 3:15 p.m. Monday in a remote area of the Lost Creek Wilderness, roughly five or six miles southwest of the town of Bailey and east of Kenosha Pass.