Black Mountain Fire Is Now Over 400 Acres, No Containment
The Black Mountain Fire in Grand County, Colorado has been burning for just five days since it was first reported on Sunday, August 29. As of Thursday, September 2, the fire has grown to at least 416 acres, and is zero percent contained.
Right now, the fire's growth is being fueled by heavy timber, though it is approaching the East Troublesome burn scar. The lack of vegetation won't stop the Black Mountain Fire, but the Grand County Sheriff said it will help slow the fire.
Additionally, a small amount of rainfall has occurred over the last 24 hours, and it's possible more showers and thunderstorms will pass through the area on Thursday afternoon. The Incident Information System said that 'crews were able to begin digging fire line along the southeastern edge of the fire,' adding that 'rain fell on the fire area yesterday afternoon overnight, which moderated fire activity.'
Heading into the weekend, crews anticipate dry, warm weather with wind gusts.
'Friday there is a low chance of isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon with the chance for increased wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour from late afternoon to early evening,' the Incident Information System reported, also stating there will be dry conditions through Sunday, and that there will likely be an increase of smoke in the area from California wildfires as well. Currently, there are only pre-evacuation orders in place. You can follow updates via the Black Mountain Fire 2021 Facebook page.
At this time last year, the Cameron Peak Fire had been burning for just a few weeks, had doubled in size over Labor Day weekend, and grew to 60,000 acres.
2020 Cameron Peak Fire