UPDATE: Grammar Fire 35 Percent Contained, Evacuees Being Let Back Into Homes

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Officials say a wildfire burning near Norwood is 35 percent contained Thursday evening and residents who were evacuated have now been let back into their homes.

Due to more accurate mapping, the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit is now saying the fire has only charred 801 acres in Western Montrose County, down from it's estimation earlier Thursday afternoon.

Officials say crews successfully held the fire lines built Tuesday night on the south and east flanks of the fire and were able to stop it from moving towards several homes in the area. No structures were burned.

Officials say because the threat to structures has greatly been reduced, they made the call to lift the voluntary evacuation orders for the Deer Mesa and Maverick Draw subdivisions, where 20 homes were evacuated Tuesday night. Engines sent to protect those homes have been demobilized.

Officials say during the peak of activity Thursday, 170 firefighters were on the ground battling the blaze. As of Thursday evening, they say that number has fallen to around 120.

Full containment of the Grammar Fire is expected by Friday evening.

The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office evacuated nearly 20 homes last night in the Deer Mesa and Maverick Draw areas. Those homes remain evacuated as fire officials continue their work to secure the perimeter and get the fire under control. For information about evacuations, the public is urged to call Ana Mostaccero with Montrose County at 970-252-4517.

The Grammar Fire started in the San Miguel Canyon and burned south through Bureau of Land Management land, threatening homes in the area. Firefighters are using air resources and ground crews to fight the fire today and minimize its growth. They are still calling it at 877 acres.

Firefighters will continue to work today to hold and secure the line on the south and east flanks, and construct a line to keep the fire out of the canyons. They expect full containment by Friday evening.

Resources on the fire include four hotshot crews, six wildland firefighting engines and more than 10 structure protection engines from local fire departments. Air resources included four heavy air tankers, two single engine air tankers and two helicopters.

Officials say the likely cause of the fire was lightning.

The public can call the fire information line for updates at 970-240-1070.

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