Black Mountain Fire in Grand County doubles in size Tuesday
Since Monday, the Black Mountain Fire has more than doubled its size, growing to 393 acres as of Tuesday night.
The Grand County blaze is located off Grand County Road 2 northeast of Kremmling, near Troublesome creek. In other words, it’s burning between last year’s East Troublesome Fire — one of the largest in state history — and this year’s Muddy Slide Fire.
While the fire doubled in size, it has not exploded, which has occurred several times in the drought-stricken area.
Blake Creagan, the incident commander in charge of the fire, said Tuesday in a Facebook post on the fire’s official updates page that 143 people are assigned to the blaze.
The cause of the fire, which was first reported at about 1 p.m. on Sunday, is under investigation.
Crews are expecting the fire to continue growing because of low humidity. Thunderstorms are forecasted for the area on Wednesday, but winds could gust near 40 mph. Red flag criteria could persist despite rain.
There is no containment on the fire.
Grand County Road 21 is closed at the junction with Highway 40, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has closed some lands. The BLM closure is from the south near Highway 40 to the west by County Road 2, east by County Road 21 and the north by Arapaho National Forest lands.
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