Roach Fire 50% Contained
Better mapping by officials on Wednesday now estimates the Roach Fire at 125 acres, down from an estimated 250 acres that was quoted originally.
The fire is at 50% containment, according to Reghan Cloudman, Public Affairs spokes person for Roosevelt National Forests. ”Firefighters made good progress [Wednesday] and will continue with line building and mop up activities [Thursday].”
The fire is located in the Old Roach area in the northwest portion of Larimer County, Colorado and is approximately three miles south of the Colorado-Wyoming line. The fire is burning in the Roosevelt National Forest and no structures are currently threatened, with the closest structure six miles away.
Seven fire engines are on scene, along with a bulldozer, a water tender and five 20-person crews. A type 3 helicopter, a type 2 helicopter and air attack are on the fire today. Two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) are available if needed. Approximately 130 people are working on the fire. There is good access in the area.
Cloudman does note that Forest Service Road 203 is closed and there is heavy firefighting traffic in the area. Visitors are asked to be cautious, especially with the upcoming holiday weekend.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is burning in lodgepole pine in a mountain pine beetle hit area, with 50-70% mortality.