Update: Roach Fire at 130 acres, 85 percent containment

5:36 p.m. update: The Roach Fire is estimated at 130 acres with 85% containment. Firefighters continued to reinforce the remaining line and to mop up today. Estimated containment is tomorrow. Firefighters will camp near the fire and mop up will continue tomorrow.

The Roach Fire is estimated at 130 acres with 75 percent containment. Firefighters will continue to reinforce the remaining line and mopping up today. Full containment could happen by the end of the day. Smoke visible in Fort Collins is not from the Roach Fire.

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.

Five fire engines, along with 130 personnel will be on the fire. A type 3 helicopter and a type 2 helicopter will be available for the fire tomorrow. Resources will start being released from the fire through the next two days.

Forest Service Road 203 is closed, along with 450 feet around the perimeter of the fire, 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 percent mortality.

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