Roach Fire Update: August 30

The Roach Fire is estimated at 125 acres with 50% containment. The change in size is due to better mapping yesterday. Firefighters made good progress yesterday and will continue with line building and mop up activities today.

It is located in the Old Roach area in the northwest portion of Larimer County, approximately four miles west northwest of Hohnholtz Lake. It is 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.

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.

Information provided by Larimer County Emergency Blog at