Fire rages on Missouri Heights
July 31, 2002
A wildland fire broke out early Wednesday afternoon on Missouri Heights above El Jebel, apparently caused by a spark at a construction site. Officials believe a worker cutting rebar sparked the blaze.
Details were sketchy Wednesday afternoon as firefighters worked to get ahold of the fire. As of 2 p.m. the fire was 25 acres, but reports to The Aspen Times stated that the blaze was moving and growing quickly. It was reportedly moving east toward Basalt Mountain, and had jumped Upper Cattle Creek Road.
A number of homes and structures were being threatened by the fire, and as of 3:30 p.m. at least one home had been confirmed destroyed by the fire.
A mandatory evacuation order for the Spring Park Reservoir went into effect within minutes after the fire was first reported. A voluntary evacuation order was in place for the Eagle County portion of Missouri Heights, and no orders were in place for Garfield County.