Firefighters make progress on YMCA Fire, containment increases

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CAÑON CITY, Colo. — The YMCA Fire, burning on BLM land southwest of Cañon City, has burned 293 acres as of Thursday afternoon.

Fire crews said the lightning-caused fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain. It grew overnight and is 30% percent contained as of Thursday evening. Helicopters continued making bucket drops of water through the day to cool off hot spots and address spots that were inaccessible by ground crews.

Map of the YMCA Fire area as of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. / Courtesy YMCA Fire Public Information
Map of the YMCA Fire area as of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. / Courtesy YMCA Fire Public Information

Much of the smoke produced on Thursday was from interior fuels, yielding only small growth on the fire’s perimeter. 

No structures are threatened by the fire, and no closures, pre-evacuations, or evacuations are in place as of Thursday.

County Road 3 and 3A are closed south of the Royal Gorge Bridge due to the fire. The bridge itself is open.

Residents in the area are encouraged to sign up for the Alert Fremont system to get emergency alerts in real time. Sign up here.

The YMCA Fire as seen from above on Wednesday, July 8. / Courtesy YMCA Fire Information
The YMCA Fire as seen from above on Wednesday, July 8. / Courtesy YMCA Fire Information

On Thursday, four hand crews took advantage of retardant laid down by aircraft to establish a control line in places along the fire’s edge Thursday morning.

A total of 68 personnel are fighting the fire. Two Type 1 helicopters are fighting the fire, and crews also have access to fixed-wing aircraft, including large air tankers and single-engine air tankers. Three more hand crews and another Type 1 helicopter have been ordered.

Fire restrictions are in place on Bureau of Land Management-Royal Gorge Field Office lands, US Forest Service-Pike San Isabel National Forest, and Fremont County.

Fire officials have set up the following resources to provide information about the fire:

Fire Information Office: (719) 315-0690
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6836/
Facebook: facebook.com/YMCAFireCO
Twitter: twitter.com/YMCAFireCO

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