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Williams Fork Fire now 5% contained and 11,266 acres

Williams Fork Fire_Aug 24 2020
Posted at 9:08 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 11:14:02-04

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — The Williams Fork Fire grew less than 200 acres Monday and firefighters were able to increase its containment.

By Tuesday morning, the fire was 11,266 acres and 5% contained. The fire was 3% contained as of Monday morning.

The fire is burning 15 miles southwest of Fraser.

On Monday, fire crews continued to establish containment lines along the Williams Fork Fire by burning remaining fuel between County Road 30 and the fire's perimeter. This was a successful operation, according to the fire's incident management team, but it will take several more days to provide full containment in that area.

The Colorado National Guard helped Monday with fire suppression with two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and one CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Both are equipped with buckets to drop water.

Light rain fell in the area Monday, and there are chances of rain throughout this week.

Williams Fork Fire map_Aug 25 2020

Fire officials will go live on Facebook Tuesday at 5 p.m. to answer questions and detail updates from the day.

The Arapaho National Forest says the fire investigation team is asking the public for help in getting information about the start of the fire, which was caused by humans. Officials are asking anyone who was in the Williams Fork area the night of Aug. 13 or morning of Aug. 14 and has photos of the area where the fire started to email them to SM.FS.usfsarp@usda.gov. Anyone else with information can call 307-745-2392, option 5, and leave a name and number so law enforcement can call back.

The U.S. Forest Service has closed a large area west of Winter Park and Fraser, including roads, trails and campgrounds. All access to the Church Park is closed, including Forest Service Road 133, Forest Service Road 139, County Road 30, County Road 3 (with exemption for mill workers), and County Road 50 starting at Young Life Camp, according to county officials. The Sugarloaf Campground and South Fork Campground were under mandatory evacuation orders when the fire was first reported and have been closed since. County Road 50, County Road 505, County Road 73, Aspen Canyon, Morgan Gulch, and Henderson Mil are under pre-evacuation notice.

To see an evacuation map, click here. Residents in the area can sign up for evacuation notices through the Grand County Code RED program.

As of Tuesday morning, there were no evacuation orders for residential areas in Fraser Valley.

The Williams Fork Fire is one of four major fires, and several smaller fires, currently burning in Colorado. Click here for more Denver7 coverage of the wildfires.