Crews battle small fire in Eagle County
The Vail Daily
Aspen, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. – Wildland fire crews were sent Monday to a fire up the Colorado River Road in northwest Eagle County.
Bureau of Land Management spokesman David Boyd said the crew working at the 5-acre fire expected to have it contained Monday night. The fire was on BLM property about 10 miles up the river road on the northwest side near Poison Creek.
About 30 firefighters were dispatched to the fire. That crew included eight smoke jumpers, two fire engines, a single-engine air tanker and a spotter plane. Boyd said the nearest structures were about 1.5 miles away.
The fire was sparked by a Sunday lightning strike, but there was no evidence of fire until about 1 p.m. Monday.
“That’s not unusual,” Boyd said.
But, with lightning in the forecast over the next couple of days, Boyd said spotters would be on the lookout for new fires.
While hundreds of firefighters are working on other blazes around the state, Boyd said the BLM has resources available if a fire should spark here.
“We’ve got to keep some resources for the next fire,” he said.
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