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Collard Green fire on BLM, private land hits 187 acres

Randy Wyrick
The Vail Daily
Aspen, CO Colorado

Contributed photoFirefighting crews had the 187-acre Collard Green fire contained to just a few puffs of smoke by Sunday afternoon. Lightning sparked the fire, which consumed 187 acres.

BAIR RANCH, Colo. – Firefighters from across the western U.S. are battling a 187-acre wildland fire west of Gypsum.

The Collard Green fire broke out following a lightning strike Saturday, about a mile and a half south of Bair Ranch and south of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon.

Crews were still creating fire line to contain the blaze Sunday afternoon. It had not flared up again Sunday afternoon, but firefighters were taking no chances, said Bill Kight, public information officer for the incident.

Two hotshot crews were still up there Sunday afternoon, helping contain the fire.

Firefighting aircraft helped knock the fire down, Kight said. Also on hand is an ambulance from the Western Eagle County Ambulance District and a helicopter with the Monument Helitak Crew from the Pike San Isabel National Forest.

Two heavy tankers and a single-engine air tanker are available out of Grand Junction, if needed, Kight said.

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All was quiet in the early afternoon Sunday. If the fire were to flare up again, it would likely happen between 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Kight said.

Predictions of normal temperatures for this time of year and high relative humidity may give fire crews a chance to gain good containment of the fire over the next two days.

The Upper Colorado River Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team B assumed command of the Collard Green Fire Sunday morning, bringing the total number of fire personnel assigned to 76. The interagency team includes the Flagstaff and Idaho Panhandle Hot Shot Crews; three engines from Greater Eagle Fire District, Rifle and Dillon UCR Interagency Fire stations and two water tenders from Greater Eagle Fire District and the Gypsum Fire Protection District.

Acreage figures were derived from a hand-held GPS unit during a helicopter ride around midday Sunday.

rwyrick@vaildaily.com