The Roach fire, which sent plumes of smoke into the sky that were visible to Laramie residents on Monday, has burned 200 acres. This, according to a regional spokesman in Colorado.

Reghan Cloudman, Public Affairs spokes person for Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, says that the Roach Fire is estimated at 200 acres in the Old Roach area in the northwest portion of Larimer County, Colorado.  The fire is approximately four miles west northwest of Hohnholtz Lake and 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.  Cloudman went on to say that fire activity was moderated Tuesday afternoon.

Seven fire engines are on scene, along with a bulldozer, a water tender and three 20-person crews. Three Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT), a type 3 helicopter, a type 2 helicopter, a heavy air tanker and air attack are also on scene. Approximately 100 people are working on the fire. There is good access in the area.

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.


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