Black Mountain fire

Black Mountain fire.

The Black Mountain fire started in Grand County west of the East Troublesome fire burn scar Sunday afternoon, consuming 170 acres, the Grand County Sheriff's Office said.

Officials with the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management announced a closure of the Black Mountain fire area Monday afternoon shortly before 4 p.m. 

The fire started about 1 p.m. Sunday northeast of Kremmling, burning mixed conifer and sending up a column of smoke visible in the surrounding area, the agency said.

The sheriff's office issued a pre-evacuation order for areas K11 and the west half of HSS21 between Kremmling and Hot Sulphur Springs.

Multiple fire engines, a large air tanker and a helicopter responded to the fire with more resources on the way, InciWeb, a fire information website, reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown and it's burning on mostly National Forest Service land.

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"We are monitoring the conditions of this area very close, as it is a constant reminder to our citizens about what occurred last year," Sheriff Brett Schroetlin, said.

The East Troublesome fire burned more than 193,812 acres last year.

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The Gazette's Hugh Johnson contributed to this report. 

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