Crews fighting wildfire in Keystone area
Summit Daily News
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Smoke has filled Keystone Gulch where a now 20-acre wildfire broke out this afternoon at roughly 4:30 at the site of a logging operation. As of 6:45, firefighters had been called in from all neighboring districts, including Vail, but they have not had success at all containing the blaze. Several homes at the base of the gulch have been evacuated, but the blaze has not reached any structures yet.
“We have firefighters tasked with defending structures and at this point we are optimistic,” Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Lipsher said.
A 40-mph easterly wind continues to push toward the Keystone Resort boundary and make containment more difficult. Lipsher said the fire could reach the resort if the wind gets stronger.
“All bets are off if this wind picks up and the cold front comes through, and the fire runs up and over Westbridge and to Keystone,” Lipsher said. The ski area is currently not at risk, but the resort has geared up snow-making equipment, which will be used to douse the blaze if it gets close.
“We can dump a lot of water on it very quickly,” Keystone Resort spokesman Ryan Whaley said. “It’s not threatening the resort at this time, but if it does we’re ready to rock.”
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