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UPDATE: Fire in Flat Tops now at 68 percent containment

John Stroud
Post Independent

Monday UPDATE — Crews were able to gain substantial containment on the Cabin Lake Fire Sunday. The fire remains at 1,158 acres, and is now 68 percent contained, according to a Monday morning update from fire managers.

"Today, crews will continue to patrol and mop up on the western, southern, and northern sides of the fire," according to the latest update. "With a good portion of the fire contained by direct fireline, firefighters and heavy equipment will continue constructing indirect fireline along the eastern side of the fire."

With fire activity decreasing and containment increasing, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue will transition the Cabin Lake Fire back to a local Type 3 command at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Weather forecast: Sunshine along with warmer temperatures today. Highs will be in the mid-70s to low 80s with relative humidities 16 percent to 22 percent. Winds will be out of the west-northwest at 6-9mph with gusts up to 18 mph.

The Cabin Lake Fire started July 29 and is burning about 5.5 miles south of the town of Buford, near the New Castle-Buford Road in the Flat Tops.

Seven Lakes Lodge and neighboring cabins remain in pre-evacuation status, and the Buford/New Castle Road is closed at Rio Blanco County Road 10 to Forest Service Road 601 (Meadow Lake Campground turnoff).

The Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest has also implemented an emergency area closure for the Cabin Lake Fire. For more information, visit