Parachute fire 60 percent contained |

Parachute fire 60 percent contained

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colo. ” Firefighters expected to contain a 150-acre fire 5 miles southwest of Parachute on Tuesday night or some time Wednesday.

Bureau of Land Management public information officer David Boyd said the fire was about 60 percent contained by early Tuesday evening and it hadn’t grown in size since Monday night.

“They’ve worked around the whole fire but some areas they’re not calling contained yet,” Boyd said.

The Bureau of Land Management said lightning ignited the Housetop Fire at about 7 p.m. Monday. It burned pinyon-juniper vegetation on BLM and private lands in Mesa County.

The fire is burning about three-quarters of a mile west of about 25 homes in the Housetop Mesa subdivision, Boyd said. Officials notified the residents there about the fire and suggested they may want to leave, but no evacuations were ordered.

Gas-producing wells in the area nearby were shut down as a precautionary measure, Boyd said.

About 130 people were working on the fire Tuesday including two hot shot crews, the Juniper Valley crew, eight engines and a local Incident Management Team.

Two helicopters assisted firefighters and one airplane flew over the fire for reconnaissance, Boyd said.

“Things are looking good,” Boyd said. “It was sunny and hot, but they were able to keep everything in check.”

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