Sugarloaf Fire


Incident #: ARF-354
Fire Start: 9 months ago
Location: 13.1 miles SW of Fraser, CO
Acres: 1,260
Agency: Fort Collins Interagency Dispatch Center (CO-FTC)
Dispatch Notes: Iqcs: 00000414035

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 19 hours, 58 mins ago — 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.


Incident Contact
Reid Armstrong
Phone: 303-541-2532
Hours: regular business hours
Fire Unit Information
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E Fort Collins Colorado 80526
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Basic Information

Date of Origin
Thursday June 28th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
13 miles southwest of Fraser, CO
Incident Description
Burn Area Still Hot. Will Burn Until It Receives Significant Snowfall.
39.812 latitude, -105.995 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel
1,280 Acres
% Contained
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