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Crews continue to fight Shawnee Peak fire as it grows to 46 acres

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Posted at 11:13 AM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 13:25:17-04

PARK COUNTY — The National Forest Service says firefighters are continuing their efforts Thursday to combat the Shawnee Peak fire, which grew from 37 to 46 acres and is 10% contained.

NFS reported moderate fire activity Wednesday afternoon "with creeping, smoldering, and isolated and group torching" that produced more smoke in the area. NFS said the fire was more active yesterday because of increased temperatures and low humidities.

Firefighters completed the direct and indirect fireline construction that started Tuesday, which will tie into natural fuel breaks to try and keep the fire below the ridgeline. NFS said the fire is expected to burn within these lines. The firefighters will patrol the lines and monitor for any new fire that might start out of the perimeter.

NFS said structure assessments in the town of Shawnee, located about three miles away from the fire, was completed. Crews continue to reduce any hazardous fuel in Shawnee

There are 219 personnel working on both air and ground support, including hot shot crews and helicopters. NFS said the crews will use natural fire barriers and incorporate trails for the fireline perimeter.

NFS first reported the fire Monday afternoon. Be sure to check back with News5 for updates throughout the day.