UPDATE: 120 Firefighters Battling Grammar Fire, Only 10% Contained

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Officials say about 120 firefighters will be on the ground Wednesday battling a wildfire caused by lightning that has forced evacuations and continues to threaten structures.

The Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit says the Grammar Fire has now scorched 877 acres about five miles northwest of Norwood.

Officials say crews worked through the night building firelines around the southeast flank of the fire where a number of homes are. They say plan of attack for Wednesday will be "aggressive structure protection."

Twenty homes in the Deer Mesa and Maverick Draw subdivisions have been evacuated. Twenty more homes are threatened, but officials say they will not be evacuated unless the firelines don't hold up.

Red Cross shelters have been set up at the Abundant Life Church in Norwood and the San Miguel Basin Church in Redvale for those families that have been displaced so far.

Officials say resources being used on the fire Wednesday include four hotshot crews, four heavy air tankers, two single engine tankers, and two helicopters. They estimate the fire is ten percent contained at this time.

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