East Fork Fire now 40 percent contained

The East Fork Fire reached 40 percent containment Thursday, holding steady at 447 acres as it continued burning 30 miles southeast of Montrose.

Crews were warned Thursday to look for passing storm cells that could bring lightning and erratic winds, heightening the fire behavior, according to the Ouray Ranger District. The fire is being fought by 218 personnel, including a 20-person crew, four engines and two helicopters.

The fire is burning at high elevation and in extremely rough terrain, hindering suppression efforts, according to the Ouray Ranger District. It is burning through areas of heavy dry fuel. No structures have been burned in the East Fork Fire.

The fire spike camp will relocate to an area near Silver Jack Reservoir today.

Several road closure orders remain in effect on Bureau of Land Management land, including High Mesa Road and spurs off it, High Mesa Trail and Big Blue Ridge Road and its spurs. However, the Silverjack, Big Cimarron and Beaver Lake campgrounds are open.

For more information call the forest fire hotline at 970-874-6602.

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