FREMONT COUNTY — Saturday, Fremont County Emergency Management and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) provided the latest update on the Canyonlands Fire, which is burning in Fremont County.
The fire was started by lightning on July 9th and is burning nine miles northwest of Canon City, according to the BLM.
In the latest update, the BLM said crews have completed fire control lines from Tallahassee Creek, near the St. Laurence Monastery, up to and across the top of Table Mountain. Crews totaling about 70 firefighters are working and camping on Table Mountain.
Friday, the fire grew to approximately 50 acres. The BLM said residents in the area can expect to see smoke and occasional flames during the afternoon.
Two helicopters, one large Type 1 and one smaller Type 3 ship, will continue to probide aerial support with water bucket drops throughout the day. The helicopters are effective in slowing the fire's advance, but cannot extinguish the fire without support from the firefighters on the ground, according to the BLM.
The agency said weather, terrain, and fire conditions have not yet allowed firefighters to safely or effectively work directly on the leading edges of the fire's perimeter.
There are no area or road closures at this time. There is a temporary flight restriction over the immediate fire area. The agency wants to remind the public that flying personal drones near the fire area is also prohibited and can endanger fire aircraft and crews.
You can find the latest information on the fire here: Canyonlands Fire Inciweb