Golf Course fire near Grand Lake still active, causes evacuations
June 29, 2018
Fire mitigation efforts continued early Friday morning as the Golf Course Fire northwest of Grand Lake kept burning overnight.
Evacuees of the fire were not permitted to return to their homes last night and a timeline for that is still uncertain, according to EMS Chief Ray Jennings. As he explained, the fire is still considered active.
Still at around 20 acres as of 9 a.m. Friday, according to Jennings, multiple crews from Grand County and the surrounding areas are working to contain the fire, including planes, helicopters dropping water and ground crews.
No homes or other structures have been damaged by the fire, including the Grand Lake Golf Course, which is close to the front line of the fire.
Electricity has also been turned back on for most of the impacted area.
The Red Cross along with Grand County Office of Emergency Management established an emergency shelter in the Grand Lake Center at 301 Marina Dr. in Grand Lake. Only about two dozen people stayed at the center overnight, unable to return to their homes, according to emergency management. Others chose to camp outside the facility.
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County Road 48 remains closed to incoming traffic and all residents are to be cautious when driving along Highway 34 to and from Grand Lake. The town of Grand Lake is currently unaffected and businesses are open as normal.
Another community briefing by officials is scheduled for noon at the Grand Lake Center.