Battle continues on fire at Sylvan Lake
The White River National Forest on Thursday afternoon reported progress on the Red Table Fire near Sylvan Lake south of Eagle.
Multiple hand crews have engaged the fire all day and by late afternoon were close to flanking the fire on the on the left, south-facing side and were still working on the right flank of the fire.
“As we’re so used to seeing in Eagle County, the cooperation between partners has been amazing,” said Aaron Mayville, acting district ranger for the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District. “We have on-the-ground support from Eagle County, Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, the local Salvation Army, Eagle and Gypsum Fire, and the Sheriff’s Office — all working cooperatively and successfully to address the fire.”
The acreage count was holding at 20 acres with spotting still occurring within close proximity to the main fire. Aerial response began at 8 a.m. Thursday. Fire activity increased from 1-4 p.m. fueled by sporadic, light breezes. This activity prompted the use of helicopters that spent the afternoon dousing hot spots identified by ground forces.
The crews continue to be focused on suppression and stopping fire spread to the north toward Sylvan Lake and protection of the transmission line adjacent to the fire.
Safety of firefighters and the public continues to be a top priority. The Forest Service asks the public to respect the efforts of the team and the firefighters and stay away from the affected area and avoid the Antone Cabin Springs Drainage.
The road going into the fire camp and staging area continues to be closed to the public except for overnight campers. Conditions may change suddenly, and anyone visiting the park is urged to call the park to check for updates. Areas near the lake at Sylvan Lake State Park are closed to day use. For more information call 970-328-2021.
There is a flight restriction order over the area. Drones are a serious impediment to wildland firefighting, put firefighters’ safety at risk and stop suppression efforts. If a drone is spotted near a wildfire, it will be grounded.
The public can get updates on the White River National Forest Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverNF/ or by following @WhiteRiverNews on Twitter.
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