The fire is now burning 125,602 acres and is only 5% contained, the latest update shows. It started on October 14 and on Wednesday evening, it was burning 19,000 acres. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.The fire prompted the closing of all of Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday morning.”If conditions allow, an Infrared flight is planned to gauge where there is current fire activity. This is a rapidly evolving situation. Currently, air quality is hazardous,” the park tweeted.
The growth of the fire equates to roughly 70 football fields of forest burned every minute, according to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.Incident Commander Noel Livingston said in a briefing early Thursday morning that the fire advanced about 20 miles.It was “an amazing amount of fire spread yesterday,” Livingston said.
There is a red flag warning in effect for the East Troublesome Fire throughout Thursday, with unseasonably warm temperatures and dry and windy conditions in the area, the incident overview shows.The East Troublesome Fire is located near Grimes Peak on the Arapaho National Forest.Grand County officials issued mandatory evacuations in response to the fire, which has intensified significantly.”#EastTroublesomeFire continues to advance towards Grand Lake. IF YOU LIVE IN THIS AREA, EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!! Fire has been reported as close as Columbine Lake,” the National Weather Service in Boulder tweeted Wednesday night. Grand County is about 65 miles west of Boulder.