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Sugarloaf Fire

Unit Information

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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The Sugarloaf Fire started on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from a lightning strike near the South Fork of Darling Creek, just south of Byers Peak Wilderness. The area is rugged and steep, remote with no roads and no safety zones for firefighters. It is part of a mountain pine beetle epidemic that devastated lodgepole pine forests 20 years ago in various parts of the Forest. The numerous dead trees still standing now present a particularly dangerous condition from extreme overhead hazards and high potential for sudden and unexpected tree fall. While the fire isn't actively burning or growing at this time, the burn area still contains hot spots and is being closely monitored. Trees in the area continue to fall without warning. For public safety, Darling Creek Trailhead and Trail as well as the burned area will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday June 28th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Location13 miles southwest of Fraser, CO
Incident DescriptionBurn Area Still Hot. Will Burn Until It Receives Significant Snowfall.
Coordinates39.812 latitude, -105.995 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1
Size1,280 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained35%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory): Light logging slash; Fire was in 60% mortality lodgepole pine.

Significant Events

Minimal activity


Planned Actions

The water system placed around the structures (Trails End Ranch and Ute Park Ranch) will continue to be inspected and tested to ensure they are ready should the need for them arrive. Continue monitoring the fire in Darling Creek and the side drainage to the west.


Fire activity low

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