Jun 28, 2014 12:15 AM by Kevin Farley
The Fremont County Sheriff issued pre-evacuation notices to 16 homes near the Eightmile fire late Friday night.
The notices alert people living near the fire to be ready to evacuate if the flames get closer to their property.
The homes under alert are in the Red Rocks subdivision on the west side of County Road 132 from mile marker 5 to mile marker 9.5.
Phantom Canyon Road is now closed from mile marker 4.5 to mile marker 12.
Fire bosses reported Friday night that the fire is less active now than it was in the afternoon. However, it's expected to burn throughout the night.
Hot, dry and windy conditions are expected Saturday and that could fan the flames.
Three helicopters, 3 single-engine air tankers, 2 heavy air tankers and an air attack fought the flames Friday. The aircraft will return Saturday.
72 firefighters are assigned to the fire, and the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team B will take over command of the fire Saturday morning.
A lightning strike is suspected to have started the fire Monday. It remained at about 1 acre until it exploded in size early Friday morning.
Authorities said it was too dangerous for firefighters to attack the flames when the fire started Monday.
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