The fire was turned over to a Type 4 Incident Commander earlier this morning, cause still under investigation
• L&T staff report
The Tunner Fire, just four miles north of Elkhart in Morton County on the Cimarron National Grassland, began at approximately midnight on Sunday morning. The fire, which is currently under investigation, is reported to have human causes and is 95 percent contained. The fire size is now at 17,482 acres, which includes 1,935 acres of private land.
The U.S. Forest Service – Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) reported additional demobilization will take place today. The report added the fire will be turned over to a Type 4 Incident Commander this morning.
“The public is not encouraged to travel within the Cimarron River corridor due to extreme hazards that have not been completely assessed,” the report noted. “This area includes the Turkey Trail, Race Track and the Cimarron Recreation Area. Specialists will be arriving soon to assess the rehabilitation needs of the areas affected by the fire.
“The firefighters would like to thank the public for their cooperation during this incident and for the wonderful food that has been delivered to Cimarron District office,” the report continued.
Individuals may find updates on this fire and other incidents at http://www.inciweb.org/ , or they can follow us on Twitter @ PSICC NF for frequent updates.