New De Beque area wildfire stays at 20 acres |

New De Beque area wildfire stays at 20 acres

John Colson
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

De BEQUE, Colo. – Approximately 100 firefighters were working late Thursday to contain the 20-acre Third Water Springs wildfire in western Garfield County, about 25 miles northwest of De Beque.

Lightning is blamed as the cause of the fire, which was initially reported to be 150 acres in size by about noon on Thursday.

But by 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, the size of the fire was corrected down to about 20 acres, with no structures immediately threatened.

The size had been misreported, according to public information officer Kimberly Miller of the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, due to what she termed “overnight visibility challenges and possible mapping errors.”

Initially reported at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, the fire is burning in an area known as Kimball Mountain, on terrain owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Firefighters are contending with “a steep mountainous area of Garfield County in grass and pinon-juniper vegetation,” according to a statement issued by Miller.

She added that as of late Thursday there was no fire containment estimate available.

At that time, she said, there were seven fire trucks, one water tender, two helicopters and a total of 100 people fighting the blaze.

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