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Fire crews worked into the night on Wednesday July 8 and continued efforts on Thursday July 9 on the YMCA fire that began from a lightning strike, just as the 2019 Decker Fire did. The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. on the afternoon of July 8 and is burning on Bureau of Land Management-Royal Gorge Field Office lands in the Grand Canyon Hills area, approximately 4 miles southwest of Cañon City in Fremont County.

A BLM prescribed burn near Glenwood Springs, CO. with the goal of reducing fire-load . Photo courtesy of Post Independent.

As of 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening, the fire was last estimated at 120 acres. It grew overnight, but has not yet been mapped for a precise acreage. The fire remains on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and no structures are threatened at this time.

The BLM Front Range Fire and Aviation Management Unit is on the scene. On Thursday, two Type 1 helicopters will assist ground crews in continuing work to contain the fire. Three additional hand crews and an additional Type 1 helicopter have been ordered. Fixed-wing aircraft – Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), and  Large Air Tankers (LATs) – will be available throughout the day as needed.

A public information phone line, a Facebook page, and a Twitter page were established on Wednesday for the public and media to get current information on the YMCA Fire. An InciWeb page was established overnight and information will be posted there as well. Those numbers and addresses are listed below.

With hot, dry weather — temperatures on Thursday were 96 degrees — clear skies and winds out of the west-southwest at 10-15 mph with gusts to 18, conditions are conducive to fire. The YMCA Fire at this moment is  zero percent contained

There are fire restrictions in place on BLM-Royal Gorge Field Office lands, U.S. Forest Service-Pike and San Isabel National Forest, and all of Fremont County.

There are no closures or evacuations in place at this time. The Alert Fremont reverse 911 system is available for residents of Fremont County to get emergency alerts in real-time. Residents are encouraged to sign up for Alert Fremont through the county website:

For those looking for YMCA Fire Contact Information:

Fire Information Office: 719-315-0690