Jun 12, 2013 2:18 AM by Maddie Garrett
Fremont County just issued an update on the Royal Gorge Fire as of midnight going into Wednesday. The fire is now estimated at 3,800 acres with 0% containment. Origin of fire was south of the Royal Gorge Bridge Park, which is west of Canon City.
The cause is still under investigation. The fire is burning on private, state and Bureau of Land Management ground. Fuels consist of pinon, juniper and grass. At least 3 structures have been lost. The fire jumped the Arkansas River canyon, and is within ¼ mile of US Hwy 50 in areas. Power outages north of Canon City affecting 350 customers.
Overnight objectives for emergency crews:
-Protect for safety of the public and firefighters
-Critical infrastructure protection
-Canon City Water plant
-High-tension power service lines
Weather concerns include a predicted Red Flag Warning again for the area Thursday.
A Type 3 incident fire management team is taking charge, with a Type 2 expected to assume management Wednesday afternoon. Approximately 150 firefighters are on scene with more arrivals expected Wednesday.
-US 50 is closed west of Canon City to Highway 9
-Alternate routes: Highways 69/96 (Westcliffe) or Highways 9/24
-South of US 50 to Canon City; West from the Canon City to Parkdale; East from County Road 3A
Red Cross has set up a shelter for Royal Gorge Fire Evacuation at Evangelical Free Church, 3000 E. Main St. Canon City, CO
Multiple agencies are involved in fighting this fire from local, county, state and federal resources.
Evacuations, when needed, are conducted door-to-door by law enforcement personnel and by reverse 911. Register your phone to your primary address at www.fremontco.com and click on the 911 link
Private citizens are encouraged to donate to charities such as Care and Share or the Red Cross to help those affected. Though greatly appreciated, firefighters working the lines are taken care of very well with food and drink.