Area wildfires fully contained |

Area wildfires fully contained

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Both the Dry Park and Dotsero Crater fires are fully contained, fire officials said Tuesday.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Dry Park Fire was 100 percent contained, according to Glenwood Springs fire chief Mike Piper.

The fire, which ignited a hayfield when a hay baler struck a rock, burned 80 acres in rough and steep terrain, burning up and over the ridge that separates Dry Park from Four Mile.

No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged from the fire.

“The area of containment will be patrolled over the next few weeks to insure no hot spots flare and cause further damage or threaten any structures and property in the area,” a Glenwood Springs Fire Department news release said.

A total of 43 firefighters from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Montrose and the Rifle Interagency Helitac crew worked the fire since its ignition, the news release said.

The Dotsero Crater Fire was contained by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Federal firefighters kept the fire to 1,232 acres, and full control of the fire was expected by the end of today.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A team of 60 firefighters, six engines, two water tenders and a single engine air tanker are working on the fire. Some firefighters have been sent on to other fires.

Eagle County Road 51 and BLM Road 8460 remain closed because of the fire.

Meanwhile, a thunderstorm that swept through the area Tuesday afternoon sparked at least three fires in the Carbondale area.

Fires were reported in Dry Park and along County Roads 100 and 102. Carbondale firefighters jumped on the blazes and brought them under control.

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