Wildfire near Wolcott grows to 100 acres, prompts evacuations, closes Highway 131 | AspenTimes.com

Wildfire near Wolcott grows to 100 acres, prompts evacuations, closes Highway 131

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Vail Daily
A fire started Friday afternoon north of Wolcott in central Colorado. This photo was taken from the Wolcott post office.
Nate Peterson / Vail Daily

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: The Alkali Creek Fire that broke out Friday afternoon near Wolcott is now reported at 100 acres, with 0% containment. A red flag warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Friday.

A red flag warning has also been issued from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Crews are evacuating hunters and campers from Muddy Pass Road and all Bureau of Land Management lands are being evacuated up to the National Forest Service land.

The fire is burning in pinon, sage and juniper, and the wind is causing erratic fire behavior.

The fire prompted a pre-evacuation notice for the Horse Mountain subdivision north and just west of Wolcott. Residents in the area should be prepared to leave immediately if told to do so. Residents who feel unsafe should leave. Don’t wait for instructions.

A call went out about 1 p.m. for air support. A helicopter was on scene as of 1:15 p.m. Two single engine air tankers and a large air tanker were en route to the scene.

A large air tanker (LAT) drops retardant on the #AlkalineCreekFire. Tankers are assisted by a lead plane, which ejects a plume of smoke to indicate the target area of the retardant.

Posted by Eagle River Fire Protection District on Friday, September 25, 2020

Responding agencies include the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, the Gypsum Fire Protection District, the Rock Creek Fire Department, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol and the U.S Forest Service.

This story will be updated.


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