Crew wrapping up Thompson Creek Fire |

Crew wrapping up Thompson Creek Fire

The last remaining fire crew working on the Thompson Creek Fire southwest of Carbondale is expected to depart today.

The Lolo Hotshots, a crack firefighting squad from Missoula, Mont., spent Saturday making sure the 171-acre burn area is cold, and constructing water bars on the fire line for erosion control.

“Now that the fire is 100 percent contained, they expect to have it fully controlled by the end of the day tomorrow,” said Sopris District Ranger Bill Westbrook.

“After that, we will continue to monitor the area as needed with a helicopter from the Rifle Helitack crew,” he added.

A temporary flight restriction remains in effect over the burn area, and Westbrook said the public should avoid flying small aircraft in the vicinity of the burn.

Westbrook said an interagency effort by the Forest Service, Pitkin County and the Carbondale and Rural Fire Department has been assembled to monitor the fire area for new outbreaks.

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