A new wildfire experiencing “high winds and substantial growth” has prompted several evacuation orders for residents in Grand County.
The East Troublesome Fire burning at an 3,700 acres is located near Grimes Peak on the Arapaho National Forest. On Wednesday, the fire was reportedly just 380 acres.
Multiple aircraft and fire personnel are on scene, battling fierce winds as they continue working to contain the blaze.
"These winds are dangerous, they change at moment's notice," Sheriff Brett Schroetlin stated in a recent update.
Mandatory evacuations include in the Big Horn Park Subdivision and County Road 21 north of County Road 213 including County Road 21, 214, & 217.
"Take an overnight bag with necessary items and drive to the Kremmling Fairgrounds for evacuee accountability," officials warned in a recent update.
Pre-evacuation orders are in place for County Road 21 south of County Road 213 including County Rd 21, 213, and 212. These orders also include North of US Hwy 40 from Byers Canyon to CO Highway 125, West of CO Highway 125 from US Highway 40 to mile post 10, not including the Town of Hot Sulphur Springs.
Smoke from the fire is expected to be visible in surrounding communities including Hot Sulpher Springs, Parshall, and Kremmling.
The cause of the fire, which started on Wednesday, October 14, is under investigation.
For information on evacuations, please visit co.grand.co.us/1354/east-troublesome-fire.