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Crews making progress on Shawnee Peak Fire in Park County

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Posted at 4:18 PM, Sep 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-01 18:54:34-04

PARK COUNTY — The US Forest Service reports that fire crews are making "great" progress on the Shawnee Peak Fire.

The fire is burning in the Lost Creek Wilderness, a remote wilderness area in Park County. This is east of Kenosha Pass and southwest of Shawnee, Colorado, not far from Bailey, Colorado.

According to the Forest Service, the blaze is approximately 55 acres in size, with 50 percent containment. Lightning has been determined as the cause of the fire.

The recent increase in size is attributed to the consumption of fuels as the fire continues to burn through unburned fuels between the fire perimeter and constructed fire lines, the Forest Service said.

Resources involved in the fire fight include one Interagency Hotshot Crew, four helicopters, one Wildland Fire Module, with personnel totaling 100, according to the Forest Service.

The management strategy for the fire continues to be a full-scale suppression strategy, which prioritizes firefighter and public safety while utilizing tactics that lend to the highest probability of success, the Forest Service said. The agency added that Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics have been utilized throughout the fight to minimize impacts to the natural resources in the Lost Creek Wilderness. The fire is now under a Type 4 Incident Management Team.

No structures are threatened by the fire and no evacuations are in place.

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