Colorado wildfires: Rain, humidity boost Lowline containment efforts

The Lowline fire’s path across western Colorado continued to slow Wednesday night as another wave of moisture passed over the area, fire officials announced Thursday.

The fire is burning on 1,770 acres of U.S. Forest Service land approximately 14 miles north of Gunnison and as of 9 a.m. Thursday morning, containment had reached 47%.

With cooler temperatures and precipitation in the area, Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests officials expect moderate smoke Thursday in Gunnison.

However, an Air Quality Health Advisory remains in place in Gunnison County through Friday morning, according to a tweet from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

According to a Thursday morning news release from fire officials, firefighters plan to continue patrolling and improving existing firelines and securing any heat close to the lines.

As of 9:30 a.m., morning humidity in the area was near 100%, but is expected to drop throughout the day. As humidity decreases, officials expect fire behavior to pick up, the release stated.

Mandatory evacuations remain in place for the Squirrel Creek and Mill Creek drainages, but no fire restrictions are in place in Gunnison County.

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