Coal Seam Fire remains quiet, crews protect No Name Creek |

Coal Seam Fire remains quiet, crews protect No Name Creek

Firefighters on the Coal Seam Fire continued their efforts to keep the wildfire out of No Name Creek, which is Glenwood Springs’ water source.

According to the fire information center at the White River National Forest, the fire has held steady at 12,209 acres and remains 90 percent contained. Cost of fighting the fire is $7 million.

A total of 83 firefighters and support staff remain on the fire.

Engine and hand crews continue mop-up efforts on hot spots that could threaten the fire’s northern half. Helicopters provide air support by dropping water on hot areas.

Rehabilitation of fireline on the southern half of the fire also continues.

Afternoon thunderstorms brought little rainfall and were expected to generate dry lightning in the afternoon. Temperatures in the lower elevations of the fire were in the low 90s and relative humidity was about 10 percent.

Afternoon winds reached 50 miles per hour in isolated microbursts as a thunderstorm came through the area. The same pattern is expected to continue today.

The smoke and haze over the area is the result of numerous fires that are burning throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

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