Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the location of the northern edge of the fire. The size of the fire also has been updated according to the latest maps from the incident management team.
After the Lefthand Canyon Fire grew to 460 acres Monday and crews reached 4% containment, Tuesday brought increased fire activity.
Crews earlier Tuesday predicted the increase due to the clear skies, wind and low humidity. In a 2:15 p.m. update, officials said crews had been “primarily working on the north side of the fire, south of the Spring Gulch Road to build control lines.”
There are now 115 first responders fighting the flames, according to a Tuesday morning update from Troy Hagan, incident commander with the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black.
An interactive fire map launched Tuesday that allows individuals to plug in an address and see the fire perimeter in relation.
Crews made progress in constructing firelines along lines of retardant put into place Sunday, Hagan wrote, and firefighters were scheduled to continue building and improving containment lines today.
“Crews will also work to minimize fire spread and patrol for spot fires as winds increase over the fire area today,” Hagan wrote. “Aircraft will again be used to support ground operations.”
Crews used bulldozers along the north edge of the fire on Monday and hand crews were to continue working on containment in that area today, according to an operational update video. The north edge of the fire abuts Spring Gulch Road.
Fire engines are patrolling the south edge of the fire along Lefthand Canyon Drive to contain any flames that come close to the roadway. There’s also a solid stretch of containment along the eastern portion of the fire’s south edge, planning operations trainee Josh Shroyer said.
“We do have adequate resources, we’re getting more resources in, so we’ve got a good plan with how to deal with this on both fires,” Shroyer said. “We’re well positioned to stay after this fire and continue to gain some containment.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.