GRAND COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The East Troublesome Fire is burning northeast of Kremmling in Grand County. It has grown rapidly since it started on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Below you will find updates on the fire’s progression, firefighting efforts and evacuations.
LINK: Map of current evacuation areas
UPDATE (Oct. 25, 6:39 p.m.): Pre-evacuation and evacuation orders have been lifted in all areas south of Highway 40; the Town of Granby, the Town of Hot Sulphur Springs; the south end of County Rd 21, all areas south of Granby through Tabernash. Any evacuated residents may return to their homes, but be vigilant and prepared if the East Troublesome Fire takes an unpredicted change.
Officials say the process is slow and methodical to assess structure damage due to the snow and road conditions on the west side of Highway 34.
UPDATE (Oct. 25, 12:15 p.m.): Fire officials have downgraded mandatory evacuations to voluntary evacuations for the following areas: Highway 7 to Allenspark, the east side of Highway 7 east to Panorama Peak, and Highway 34 from Mall Road to Drake. Residents and business occupants in those areas may return to their homes and businesses. Please be sure to have proper identification to show residency in those areas, as only residents and business occupants will be allowed to enter. We ask that you use caution when driving through the area, as emergency crews are still present. For a clear understanding of the downgrade changes, please visit nocoalert.org. Please do not call 911 unless you are in danger.
UPDATE (Oct. 25, 12:15 p.m.): Grand County Emergency Management: “Over 65 contractors and plumbers gathered this morning with Sheriff Schroetlin as he briefed them on the plan to to minimize potential damage to plumbing in the Fire evacuation areas. This plan was developed late last night, yet all these volunteers showed up early this morning, ready to race against the coming freeze. The response from contractors and plumbers has been amazing!”
UPDATE (Oct. 25, 11:15 a.m.): As of Sunday morning, the fire is 192,560 Acres with 10% containment. Active spread is not expected today due to colder temperatures and snow.
UPDATE (Oct. 25, 11:05 a.m.): On Saturday, crews continued work on securing fireline along both Hwy 34 and Hwy 125 especially around the Table Mountain area. North of Grand Lake, crews mopped up the buffer created by the previous burnout operation as well as extinguishing hot spots around structures in the Grand Lake area. Along Hwy 40, engines had a successful day holding the fireline north of the highway. Firefighters are using the method of cold-trailing which includes carefully inspecting and feeling with your hands to detect any heat from the fire and extinguishing any areas they may find. As the fire did grow to the north, crews focused on structure preparation near private in-holdings and structures within the National Forest and National Park. Night crews worked until 2 a.m. monitoring fire behavior before the winter storm warning started.
As conditions allow today, firefighters will continue reinforcing the work from the past couple days. Fire officials will work with the incident meteorologist throughout the day to review snow and weather conditions. With expected low temperatures, gusty winds and snow, firefighters will remain flexible to adapt their work plans focusing on safety while on the fireline and driving to and from the fire area.
UPDATE (Oct. 25, 9:51 a.m.): Evacuation orders have been lifted for the Meeker Park and Wild Basin portions of Boulder County, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.
UPDATE (Oct. 25, 9:38 a.m.): Crews are working to restore utilities in areas not directly impacted by the fire. Below is an update from the Grand County Emergency Operations Center:
Electrical Service: Hundreds of poles have been damaged or destroyed by the fire, similar to the damage to trees throughout the fire area. These damaged poles are a hazard for firefighters, first responders, and utility crews working in the area. Miles of power lines are down. Both poles and lines will require extensive repair and replacement.
Gas Service: Lines and distribution points may have been damaged in the fire and require testing to confirm safe operation.
Water Service: Lines and distribution points may have been damaged in the fire and may require testing to confirm safe distribution of water to customers served by water districts.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 10:10 p.m.): According the Colorado National Guard, Gov. Jared Polis activated personnel to aid emergency services and incident fire command of the East Troublesome Fire.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.): It was a very active suppression day across the south and east flanks, especially in the East Troublesome Fire. Officials say there was some activity they had not seen before on the Williams Fork Fire.
“From a fire spread and impact perspective, a good day for the firefighter and a good day for the community,” Incident Commander Noel Livingston said.
There was one spot fire on Highway 40 but firefighters and helicopters were able to control that quickly.
Livingston said crews worked to protect structures on the southeastern side of the fire from Table Mountain up to Grand Lake.
Watch full update below:
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 5:07 p.m.): New video from the Mill Creek Interagency Hotshot Crew on the East Troublesome Fire shows activity today with the winds gusting through the area.
Check out the aerial view of damage caused by the fire around King Mountain Ranch and C U Lazy Ranch near Granby, courtesy of Frank Cohen.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 4:35 p.m.): Check out the radar showing the activity of the fire with gusty winds swooshing through it.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 2:20 p.m.): Wind gusts are still strong in the fire area:
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 1:56 p.m.): A cold front continues to move into Colorado, but no significant precipitation has been reported yet.
According to the National Weather Service, significant moisture arrives after 9 p.m.
LINK: Latest Pinpoint Weather forecast
As of noon, the fire was still west of Bear Lake Road, according to the US Forest Service.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 1:25 p.m.): Most of the mountains are under a Red Flag Warning today. One can hear the wind in the video below from our Nicole Fierro:
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 11:34 a.m.): Satellite imagery from the National Weather Service shows continued active fire behavior for both the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak fires.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 10:43 a.m.): The fire has burned 188,389 acres — up only a few hundred acres from the previous estimate.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 9:57 a.m.): Helicopter and airplane crews helped fight the fire yesterday, and more air operations are planned for today if wind conditions allow, federal officials said.
They added the following update:
“Crews will continue to focus efforts on point-protection along the Hwy 34 corridor while also working to establish containment lines directly on the fires edge where possible. On the north
side of the fire and into Jackson County, firefighters are scouting for opportunities to establish contingency lines. Along Hwy 40, engines will continue to hold the line and keep the fire to the north of the highway, using the method of cold-trailing which includes carefully inspecting and feeling with your hands to detect any heat from the fire and extinguishing any areas they may find.”
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 9:28 a.m.): Crews’ focus right now is to hold the fire west of Bear Lake Road.
“Fuel treatments completed by the Park over the past several years will be utilized to help check the fire and slow or stop its movement towards the community of Estes Park if possible,” officials said in an update.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 9 a.m.): New mandatory evacuation orders are in place for areas along Highway 34 from Estes Park to Drake, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 8:46 a.m.): The fire is now about one mile away from the western edge of Estes Park. The local fire chief expects some structures to burn today.
Update – #EastTroublesomeFire is now about a mile from the western edge of Estes Park. Fire chief expects some structures to be lost day. They’re calling in as many resources as are available. The snow can’t get here fast enough. pic.twitter.com/egoylfRSa1
— Matt Mauro (@mattmauronews) October 24, 2020
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 8:35 a.m.): According to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, contrary to information provided by Larimer County authorities, Allenspark is not under a mandatory evacuation order. The town and surrounding area is under a pre-evacuation notice.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 8:28 a.m.): According to the National Weather Service, both the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak fires remained active overnight and this morning.
“Strong winds up to 60 mph and low humidity may allow for rapid fire growth today,” the NWS said.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 7:51 a.m.): The Grand County Office of Emergency Management is warning evacuees of scammers.
Grand County officials urge residents in East Troublesome Fire area to watch for & report suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves & other criminals who may prey on survivors. For more information: https://t.co/lJ6EV8Outv
— Grand County Office of Emergency Management (@GrandCountyOEM) October 24, 2020
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 7:41 a.m.): All evacuees needing shelter can go to the Isle of Capri casino in Black Hawk, located at 401 Main St., Black Hawk 80422.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 6:38 a.m.): According to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, a pre-evacuation notice has been issued for Wild Basin to the Larimer County line due. Evacuees may go to the Nederland Community Center, at 750 Highway 72 in Nederland. Use Highway 7 to Peak-to-Peak Hwy, south to Nederland.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 6:19 a.m.): The east side of Estes Park is now under a mandatory evacuation order.
According to Larimer County officials, “this is a large area that has a north border of Devils Gulch Road, west border of MacGregor Avenue, south border of Pierson Mountain, and east borders of Highways 34 and 36. This will close Highway 34 at Sleepy Hollow Park, and close Highway 36 at approximately mile marker 8.”
Highways 34 and 36 remain open for people leaving town.
UPDATE (Oct. 24, 2:07 a.m.): The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office declared mandatory evacuations for Highway 7 from Lily Lake to Allenspark, to the Larimer County line.
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 10:22 p.m.): The Grand County Sheriff’s Office confirmed two fatalities in the fire: Lyle and Marilyn Hileman. They were 86 and 84 years old, respectively.
Their bodies were found today at their home just outside Grand Lake town limits.
Read: Statement from Hileman family
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 8:19 p.m.): United Way of Larimer County’s fund previously dedicated to those impacted by the Cameron Peak Fire has been expanded to include county residents affected by East Troublesome.
““With the state’s two largest wildfires in state history burning in our backyard, we are partnering with community members and a wide variety of organizations to ensure fire recovery efforts are well supported and implemented quickly. United Way and the Larimer County Long Term Recovery Group will distribute these gifts where they are needed most: to agencies and groups helping people recover from disaster,” said Deirdre Sullivan, CEO and president of United Way of Larimer County.
To donate, visit the organization’s website or text COFIRES to 501501 to automatically make a $10 gift.
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 7:08 p.m.): Voters needing a replacement ballot can get one at a Voter Service and Polling Center in their county or — if they are displaced — in any county statewide. They can also request a ballot be mailed to them, so long as the request is made by Monday, Oct. 26.
“Those who have voted their mail ballot can place it in any drop box in the state of Colorado and it will be forwarded to their appropriate county,” the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said.
First responders and evacuees can also request an emergency ballot replacement by contacting their county clerk.
For more information, visit the secretary of state’s website.
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 6:51 p.m.): In an update posted earlier today, officials said no structures have been lost within the town limits of Grand Lake.
“Our firefighters are working around the clock to ensure that remains true. No homes and or businesses have been lost,” the Grand Lake Fire Protection District said in a statement.
Homes outside Grand Lake proper were destroyed, including those of three firefighters.
“We are continually searching for survivors and anyone who may have been trapped. So far we are unaware of any confirmed fatalities,” GLFPD said.
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 5:25 p.m.): Some residents who were under mandatory evacuation orders in Area CC can return to their homes, according to the Grand County Office of Emergency Management. However, they are still under pre-evacuation orders and must remain ready to leave.
See map below:
East Troublesome Fire evacuation reduction of the East side of Area CC. The evacuation order South of Hwy 40 along County Rd 57 is now pre-evacuation. Residents in this area may return to homes, but be vigilant & prepared. If you do not feel safe, you do not have to go home. pic.twitter.com/STcVfWyukl
— Grand County Office of Emergency Management (@GrandCountyOEM) October 23, 2020
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 3:26 p.m.): Highway 40 has reopened, according to the Grand County Office of Emergency Management.
Drivers are asked to be careful and look out for firefighters and other first responders in the area.
“Access to Highway 40 will not yet allow residents to return to their homes within the evacuated areas,” Grand County OEM said.
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 3:09 p.m.): The fire has grown to 188,000 acres, according to the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The previous estimated size was approximately 177,000 acres.
The East Troublesome Fire is 5% contained.
It is the second-largest wildfire in state history after the Cameron Peak Fire, which is burning to its northeast.
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 2 p.m.): Winds have calmed today, but Pinpoint Weather Meteorologist Chris Tomer said that’s going to change tomorrow. Wind gusts in the Grand Lake area could increase to 60 mph and beyond.
Another Red Flag Warning for critical fire danger is in effect for the mountains and much of the northern foothills until 7 PM MDT Saturday due once again to low humidity and strong winds. Expect gusts up to 60 mph in the mountains and 40 mph in the valleys and foothills. #COwx pic.twitter.com/TWNcUEQqjD
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) October 23, 2020
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 8 a.m.):
We’re back in Granby covering #EastTroublesomeFire. We can’t see flames today, but we can smell the smoke and we see smoke blanketing the mountains. Wish we had the precipitation we had in Denver overnight. Unfortunately it’s still very dry here. Snow can’t come soon enough. pic.twitter.com/A2k0OzXl6s
— Emily Allen (@EmilyAReports) October 23, 2020
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 7:35 a.m.): At least 5 people are unaccounted for in the East Troublesome Fire. The Grand County Sheriff said that there may be more as more people call in to report their loved ones as missing.
Family believes grandparents died in cement bunker during East Troublesome Fire
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 7:20 a.m.):
UPDATE (Oct. 23, 2 a.m.): The @StanleyHotel is putting up about 380 firefighters from the #EastTroublesomeFire
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 9:20 p.m.): Colorado Gov. Jared Polis will visit fire-related sites on Friday. He will first meet with evacuees in Winter Park, then moves on to meet with air support experts at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield.
He then moves to Loveland for incident command updates on the Cameron Peak Fire and the East Troublesome Fire in the afternoon and finishes off in Boulder with a live update we will stream here and in app.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m.): The East Troublesome Fire has now burned about 170,000 acres primarily in Grand County but also includes a spot fire across the Continental Divide on Mt. Wuh.
The spot on Mt. Wuh grew rapidly, but then a cold front moved in on the east side of the divide which helped keep the spread in check.
Fire control lines have held along the southeastern corner of the fire. Crews are working on wrapping it around through the Willow Creek area and to Lake Granby.
Incident Manager Noel Lingston said the biggest area of concern is near Lake Granby, this includes the fire possibly spreading between there and Shadow Mountain Lake.
“This area has been very problematic today with the winds we’ve been having,” he said.
Most of the smoke Thursday, according to the incident manager, was from the north flank of the fire where heavy timber has been burning.
As for updates on structures in the area, specifically Grand Lake, Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said investigation crews have not yet gotten into the area and will not until the fire is more controlled in the area.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 4:20 p.m.): New satellite imagery from the National Weather Service shows clouds hovering over the Front Range but not quite making it into the mountains and over the East Troublesome Fire.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 3:33 p.m.): Officials have ordered voluntary evacuations for the eastern side of Estes Park. This is a large area that has a north border of Devils Gulch Road, west border of MacGregor Avenue, south border of Pierson Mountain, and east borders of Highways 34 and 36.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 3:21 p.m.): The East Troublesome Fire officials have ordered Voluntary evacuations for Highway 7 from Lily Lake to Allen’s Park, stopping at the Larimer County line.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 3:15 p.m.): Pinpoint Weather Meteorologist Matt Makens says the wind is currently pushing the East Troublesome Fire into Rocky Mountain National Park. Our team is watching a potential shift later tonight that would change the wind direction and start pushing the fire to the south.
This is the latest mapped fire area and hotspots of the #EastTroublesomFire which grew at a rate of 6,000 acres per hour Wednesday. As of this post, the wind direction in Grand Lake and Granby remains southwesterly – driving the fire into RMNP – and gusts have topped 40mph. pic.twitter.com/hE02KpSxmp
— Matt Makens (@MattMakens) October 22, 2020
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 2:45 p.m.): The East Troublesome Fire officials have ordered Mandatory evacuations for the following areas of Estes Park that were previously on voluntary evacs: the area with the north border of Peak View Drive, west border of Mary’s Lake Road, and south and east borders of Fish Creek Road; also, the area with the north border of North St. Vrain Ave, west border of Curry Drive, south border of Acacia Drive, and east border of Fish Creek Road.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m.):
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 1:20 p.m.): #EastTroublesomeFire Evac Update: At this time, Larimer Humane Society is asking evacuees who are evacuating: 1. via Hwy 34 and Hwy 36 to transport your small companion animals to our partner shelter, Riverdale Animal Shelter of Adams County, 12155 Park Boulevard in Brighton, CO, and they can be reached at (720) 523-7387. 2. If you are evacuating via Hwy 7, please transport your animals to Gilpin County Fairgrounds as they are open and available to take large and small animals. They can be contacted at 303-515-4342 and their address is 230 Norton Drive, Black Hawk CO 80422. For assistance with small animal transport, call Larimer Humane Society: 970-226-3647 x 7
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 1:10 p.m.): East Troublesome Fire officials have ordered Voluntary evacuations for another portion of Estes Park with the north border of North St. Vrain Ave, west border of Curry Drive, south border of Acacia Drive, and east border of Fish Creek Road.
Voluntary evacuations are advised for residents and business occupants if they are concerned for their safety, feel they need additional time to exit the area, or have health conditions that may be aggravated by this incident. You are encouraged to move livestock and pets out of the area and to prepare for mandatory evacuations. Please use Highway 34 eastbound to exit Estes Park.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 12:20 p.m.): The East Troublesome Fire officials have ordered Mandatory evacuations for the western part of Rocky Mountain National Park and much of the west side of the Estes Park area. This area includes the Rocky Mountain National Park west entrance, Moraine Park, Estes Park Campground, the southern part of Highway 7 north to Marys Lake, Peak View Drive including the Aerial Tramway and north to include Deer Ridge. Mandatory Evacuation have been ordered for residents and business occupants in the area due to immediate and imminent danger. Evacuate the area immediately and as quickly as possible. Do not delay leaving to gather belongings or make efforts to protect your home or business. Evacuating immediately not only supports your safety, but also allows emergency crews better access to the area. For questions about the evacuations, please call the Joint Information Center at 970-980-2500. For text updates, text the word TFIRE to 888777 from your cell phone. We will communicate information to that key word as needed. To view a map of the evacuation areas, please visit nocoalert.org. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are in danger. Thank you.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 12:20 p.m.): All routes into Estes Park are closed at this time. Roads are open for exit only.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 11:49 a.m.): This is the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office with an emergency message. The East Troublesome Fire officials have ordered voluntary evacuations for the western part of Rocky Mountain National Park and much of the west side of the Estes Park area. This area includes the Rocky Mountain National Park west entrance, Moraine Park, Estes Park Campground, the southern part of Highway 7 north to Marys Lake, Peak View Drive including the Aerial Tramway and north to include Deer Ridge. Voluntary evacuations are advised for residents and business occupants if they are concerned for their safety, feel they need additional time to exit the area, or have health conditions that may be aggravated by this incident. You are encouraged to move livestock and pets out of the area and to prepare for mandatory evacuations. Please use Highway 34 eastbound to leave the area. For questions about the evacuations, please call the Joint Information Center at 970-980-2500. For text updates, text the word TFIRE to 888777 from your cell phone. We will communicate information to that key word as needed. To view a map of the evacuation areas, please visit nocoalert.org. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are in danger. Thank you.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 11:24 a.m.): URGENT: The Routt National Forest is assisting the Jackson County Sheriff in evacuating hunters and other members of the public from National Forest in Jackson County, Colo., northeast of the East Troublesome Fire.
Starting from the Jackson/Grand county line, the area of initial focus is east of Colo Hwy 125 to Rocky Mountain National Park and then north to Colorado State Forest. This includes Willow Creek Pass, Illinois Pass, Jack Creek, Silver Creek, Teller City, and Owl Mountain. The National Forest area west of Hwy 125 to Hwy 14 is under consideration for evacuation.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 8:58 a.m.): All of Rocky Mountain National Park is closing to park visitors due to fire activity on the west side of the Continental Divide. If conditions allow, an Infrared flight is planned to gauge where there is current fire activity. This is a rapidly evolving situation.
Currently, air quality is hazardous within Rocky Mountain National Park.
Trail Ridge Road is not passable on the west side due to downed trees on the road.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 8:33 a.m.): Today’s mission: “life safety,” evacuations, future fire growth and home protection
Update from #EastTroublesomeFire Incident Command: Fire burned north of Grand Lake to RMNP. Extremely dry conditions, beetle kill and wind fueled fire. Fire lines to the west helped in fire fight. Today’s mission: “life safety,” evacuations, future fire growth and home protection
— Emily Allen (@EmilyAReports) October 22, 2020
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 8:20 a.m.): Here’s what we learned overnight:
- Fire grew over 100,000 acres in 24 hours
- Fire ran over 20 miles in 24 hours
- Fire burned west and north side of Grand Lake
- Fire spared immediate downtown Grand Lake
- Fire is now burning into west side of RMNP
- Fire is on/approaching the Continental Divide
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 6:25 a.m.): The fire has now grown to 125,677 acres overnight. The fire was 19,000 acres 12 hours ago.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 4:50 a.m.): The fire has shown no signs of laying down overnight and instead, we continue to see large pockets of flames from our vantage point along US 40 on the outskirts of Granby. We know homes have burned but we don’t know the scope of the devastation yet.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 4:05 a.m.): The fire grew to 38,989 acres overnight, according to the Grand County Bureau of Land Management.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 1:45 a.m.): “It was a challenging day,” Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said in a recorded message posted to Facebook. “Daylight’s going to tell us a lot.”
Strong winds and dry fuel allowed the fire to grow at a rate of 6,000 acres per hour he said.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 1:20 a.m.): FOX31 obtained a video that shows firefighters on structure protection operations northwest of Granby.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 12:49 a.m.): Workers at the Granby evacuation center say every hotel room in Grand County is booked. People are going as far as Black Hawk and Idaho Springs for accommodations.
Those in need of sheltering assistance from the Red Cross can call: 970-242-4851 or 970-406-0641.
Livestock can be taken to Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Grounds in Kremmling. There is space for large and small animals. Those with questions can call: 970-531-4408.
People with questions about household pets can call the animal shelter at: 970-531-3847.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 12:26 a.m.): A look at the fire from Winter Park:
We’ve made it to Granby where an evacuation center is set up at the Inn at Silver Creek. Lots of people watching the fire spread from here.
For some perspective, we could see the glow as far away as Winter Park. pic.twitter.com/fDKsMaI5Xm
— Evan Kruegel (@EvanKruegel) October 22, 2020
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 12:17 a.m.): FOX31’s Evan Kruegel spoke with a man and woman who live off of Highway 34 in the Grand Lake area.
“We didn’t really have time to grab too much. According to the map, it’s not too far from our house right now,” the man said. “So we’re just hoping that it doesn’t hit our house. Nothing to do but hope right now, I guess.”
Watch the full interview in the video player above.
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 11:26 p.m.): Gov. Jared Polis has issued the following statement about the fire:
“The Governor thanks all of the brave men and women who are risking their lives to protect our communities serving on the front lines of the devastating fires around our state and is thinking of the Coloradans evacuating their communities tonight. He will be providing an update on the state’s response to these challenging wildfires tomorrow.”
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 11:19 p.m.): Satellite imagery from the National Weather Service shows “fire activity continuing” along US Highway 34 in the Grand Lake area:
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 11:10 p.m.): Below is a close-up of evacuation areas in and around Grand Lake.
A close-up map of evacuation orders in and around Grand Lake.
A full map can be found here.
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 10:39 p.m.): The Rand and Gould areas of Jackson County are under a pre-evacuation notice. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, people in those areas should collect important items and be prepared to leave.
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 10:21 p.m.): The fire has increased in size by roughly 50% to at least 30,000 acres, officials said. The previous estimate was 19,086 acres.
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 10:08 p.m.): Residents forced from their homes can go to the Red Cross’ evacuation center, which is located at the Inn at Silver Creek in Granby: 62927 US Highway 40, Granby, 80446.
“Red Cross volunteers are there and are prepared and ready to accommodate anyone needing information or other assistance. They are also helping people with immediate needs, lodging, supplies and support,” the organization said, adding that it is already helping hundreds of East Troublesome evacuees.
WATCH: Red Cross explains what to do if you have been forced to evacuate, offers advice for those wanting to help
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 10:01 p.m.): Below is a statement from the National Weather Service’s Boulder office regarding evacuations in the Grand Lake area:
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 9:29 p.m.): Highway 40 is closed between Hot Sulphur Springs and Highway 34 due to firefighting operations. Flames will be visible in the area, according to the Grand County Office of Emergency Management.
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 9:08 p.m.): The entire town of Grand Lake has been told to evacuate, according to residents and emergency radio traffic.
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 9:02 p.m.): The west side of Rocky Mountain National Park is now closed. Evacuees can use Trail Ridge Road to go eastbound.
West side of #RMNP is closed due to significant fire activity on the East Troublesome Creek Fire outside the park. Grand Lake area residents evacuating. Trail Ridge Road is currently open for evacuation eastbound if needed. Trail Ridge Road is closed westbound at Rainbow Curve.
— RockyNPS (@RockyNPS) October 22, 2020
Additionally, an evacuation center has been established at the Inn at Silver Creek in Granby.
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 7:46 p.m.): Area H is now under a mandatory evacuation order. Residents should leave immediately.
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 7:34 p.m.): All residents north of mile marker 3 along Highway 34 must evacuate from the area immediately, according to the Grand County Office of Emergency Management.
At this time all residents north of mile marker 3 on HWY 34 should EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!!!! #EastTroublesomeFire
— Grand County Office of Emergency Management (@GrandCountyOEM) October 22, 2020
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 7:09 p.m.): The Grand County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas west of Highway 34. Evacuees are told to go south on Highway 34.
LINK: Map of current evacuation areas
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 4:34 p.m.): Authorities have issued new evacuation orders for east of Highway 125 from mile post 5 to Highway 40.
Officials say fire behavior has increased this afternoon, and “considerable smoke” is blowing into the Grand Lake area.
The fire’s size is now estimated at 19,086. It is 10% contained.
UPDATE (Oct. 19, 10:54 p.m.): As of Monday night, the fire is burning 13,364 acres with 10% containment. High winds and dry conditions are factoring into the spread of the fire.
UPDATE (Oct. 19, 11:15 a.m.): Overnight from Sunday into Monday the East Troublesome Fire spread by about 1/4 mile to the east.
The fire is currently estimated at 12,665 acres with 12% containment. A total of 231 personnel are working at the fire.
Today, air support will be used to drop water and retardant on the easternmost portion of the fire to slow progression toward Colorado Route 125.
UPDATE (Oct. 17, 11:24 a.m.): According to the Colorado Climate Center, based on available data, there is no record of such a large wildfire starting so late in the year. The East Troublesome Fire started on Oct. 14.
The East Troublesome Fire, which started in Grand County on October 14, is now over 11,000 acres. In the (admittedly incomplete) data on wildfires in Colorado, there is no record of such a large fire starting so late in the year. pic.twitter.com/mYF7xEOkUn
— ColoClimateCenter (@ColoradoClimate) October 17, 2020
UPDATE (Oct. 17, 10:38 a.m.): An additional mandatory evacuation has been issued for both sides of Highway 125 from mile marker 5 to the Grand County-Jackson County line.
An evacuation center has been established at the Inn at SilverCreek in Granby.
A map of the new evacuation area is below:
The area under evacuation orders as of Friday morning. Credit: Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the fire area until late this afternoon.
UPDATE (Oct. 17, 10:26 a.m.): According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, Highway 34 is closed near Granby due to the fire. The closure is located from Granby (mile marker 0) and continues north to miler marker 27. There is no estimated time of reopening.
CDOT issued the following detour information:
Residents and travelers can detour around the closure from Granby by traveling west on US Highway 40 for 55 miles, then turning east onto Colorado Highway 14 towards Walden. Please note CO 14 continues to be closed east of Walden, but travelers can continue further north on CO 125 into Wyoming. A previous road closure in the area was lifted on Friday. Motorists coming from the north can use the same route in reverse.
The East Troublesome Fire in Grand County forced authorities to issue a new round of mandatory evacuation orders Friday evening.
According to the Grand County Office of Emergency Management, people in the Sheriff Creek and Kinney Creek areas must leave the area.
The Grand County Sheriff has issued a mandatory evacuation order for your area, Sheriff Creek / Kinney Creek, due the growth and close proximity of the #EastTroublesomeFire. Do not call 9-1-1 unless you have an emergency. Check https://t.co/a61gpiv0mo for updates. Evacuate now.
— Grand County Office of Emergency Management (@GrandCountyOEM) October 17, 2020
The U.S. Forest Service said the fire is burning on federal land north of Parshall and Kremmling.
When the fire started on Wednesday, the Big Horn Park area was placed under a mandatory evacuation order.
Evacuees should go to the Kremmling Fairgrounds for accountability, GCOEM said.
As of Friday afternoon, the fire had burned 7,871 acres. There is no estimate on containment.