UPDATE: Northeast Garfield County fire mostly contained
UPDATE: Saturday, Oct. 20
The Johnny Myers Fire that broke out Thursday morning in northeast Garfield County is 75 percent contained, the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit announced Saturday.
The fire has burned 88 acres near Sweetwater Lake, 14 miles north of Dotsero, and has not grown in size since Thursday. A total of 55 firefighters have worked to contain the blaze, and crews are still engaged in mopping up the fire containment lines on three sides of the area.
“Smoke may be visible in the coming days from the hot spots smoldering within the perimeter of the fire,” Acting District Ranger Rick Truex said in a statement. “Likely, it will take another wave of precipitation to cool off the interior and smoldering aspen patch.”
The eastern perimeter of the fire is still smoldering and burning on a steep hillside, and fire crews expect to build a containment line and bring in a helicopter for water drops.
Local crews supporting the firefighting include Gypsum Fire Protection District, Vail Fire, Vail Public Safety Communication Center, Summit Fire and EMS, and Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District.
There were no closures or evacuations ordered, but authorities still advise hunters to avoid the area. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Firefighters responded to a fire near Sweetwater Lake in the northeast corner of Garfield County Thursday, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Dubbed the Johnny Myers Fire, the small blaze was spotted late Thursday morning and was 0 percent contained, having burned 81 acres by Thursday evening.
The fire is burning 14 miles northwest of Dotsero, two miles northwest of Sweetwater Lake. Smoke may be visible from the Colorado River Road.
A helicopter responded to the active fire, along with three engines and a total of 13 personnel. The helicopter is conducting water bucket drops while ground crews establish an anchor point to control the perimeter. More firefighters are anticipated to arrive Friday.
“Fuel conditions are extremely variable across the District,” acting Eagle-Holy Cross district ranger Rick Truex said. “While snow is visible at high elevations, there is still potential for fire at lower elevations. We are asking the public and hunters to avoid the area while firefighters work to suppress this fire.”
No structures are threatened by the fire at present, and no evacuations have been ordered.
This story has been revised from an earlier version that was posted. It will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
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