Aggressive response holds Red Table Fire to 20 acres
EAGLE — An aggressive response at the Red Table Fire near Sylvan Lake brought crews close to flanking the blaze by Thursday afternoon.
According to Kate Jerman, acting public affairs officer for the White River National Forest, multiple hand crews made progress while engaging the fire Thursday.
By late afternoon, crews were close to flanking the fire on the on the left, south-facing side and were putting in line on the right flank of the fire.
“There was a small and expected increase in fire activity during the afternoon because we had some sporadic breeze and it was hot,” Jerman said.
The acreage count at the Red Table Fire has held at 20 acres with spotting still occurring within close proximity to the main fire. Aerial response began at 8 a.m. Thursday and the afternoon spike in activity prompted the use of helicopters dousing hot spots identified by ground forces.
Jerman noted that a key factor in Thursday’s progress was partnership and teamwork. Multiple agencies from different levels of government successfully worked together throughout the day.
“As we’re so used to seeing in Eagle County, the cooperation between partners has been amazing,” said Aaron Mayville, acting district ranger for the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District. “We have on-the-ground support from Eagle County, Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, the local Salvation Army, Eagle and Gypsum Fire, and the Sheriff’s Office — all working cooperatively and successfully to address the fire.”
The crews continue to be focused on suppression and stopping fire spread to the north toward Sylvan Lake and protection of the transmission line adjacent to the fire.
Jerman said there is not yet an estimate regarding a containment percentage at the site, nor is there information about what caused the fire.
The fire is located 12 miles south of Eagle.
“Safety of firefighters and the public continues to be a top priority,” Jerman said. “We ask the public to respect the efforts of the team and the firefighters and stay away from the affected area and avoid recreating in the Antone Cabin Springs Drainage.”
“We are glad to see there is a very aggressive response to this fire,” said Mike Porras, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northwest Region public information officer. “We have confidence in the Forest Service’s firefighters to knock it down.”
The road going into the fire camp and staging area continues to be closed to the public except for overnight campers utilizing the campground. Conditions may change suddenly and anyone visiting the park are urged to call the park to check for updates. Areas near the lake at Sylvan Lake State Park are closed to day-use due to the Red Table Fire. For more information, call 970-328-2021.
Rest areas and recreation facilities along Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, including boat put-ins, trails and the paved bike path, have been routinely closed to nonpermit public use during flash flood watches.
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