Fire near Sylvan Lake 50% contained
Crews on Friday afternoon reported 50 percent containment on the Red Table Fire near Sylvan Lake. The fire remains at 20 acres.
Late Thursday, crews completely flanked the fire on the right, south-facing side. Crews were close Friday to flanking the left side of the fire. The left flank includes multiple, isolated, smoldering fires in varying topography.
The cause of the fire, which started Wednesday, is unknown and under investigation.
Crews are working to identify isolated, smoldering fires on the left flank. Once identified, crews line the fires and mark them for mop-up. These spot fires are residual from Thursday and are in close proximity to the main fire. No new spot fires were cropping up Friday afternoon.
Pending conditions, crews will be demobilized as necessary starting tomorrow morning. One helicopter is on standby throughout the day today, and will be used as needed.
As the weekend approaches, authorities asked the public to respect the efforts of firefighters and stay away from the area affected by the fire and avoid recreating in the Antone Cabin Springs Drainage.
Although significant gains have been made with the fire, people are asked to check in with Sylvan Lake State Park, 970-328-2021, for the latest information on access to recreation. The road going into the fire camp and staging area remained closed to the public Friday except for overnight campers utilizing the campground.
Please visit the White River National Forest Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverNF/ and follow @WhiteRiverNews on Twitter for current information.
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The wildland fire that started Friday afternoon in Snowmass Canyon is under control and contained Saturday evening after more than a dozen firefighters worked Saturday to douse the wildland fire that was ignited by a lightning strike.