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Crews get upper hand on Indian Pass Fire in Flat Tops Wilderness

Randy Wyrick
rwyrick@vaildaily.com
Forest Service and regional fire crews are jumping on the Indian Pass Fire. They've held it to three acres. The fire started Wednesday.
U.S. Forest Service

UPDATE 9/23: Crews have reached 100 percent containment on the Indian Pass Fire burning in remote eastern Garfield County in the Flat Tops Wilderness. On Saturday, two hotshot crews and 11  smokejumpers were successful in containing all spot fires. Two helicopters were to continue to assist ground crews Sunday in working to cool hotspots and check for fire spread. Both hotshot crews were to be demobilized by afternoon.

DOTSERO — Forest Service helicopter crews on Friday were jumping on a small fire northwest of Dotsero, trying to make sure it stays small.

The Indian Pass fire originally sparked Wednesday, Sept. 19. It’s burning in heavy timber in a remote area of the Flat Tops Wilderness on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District in remote Garfield County.

Minutes after the fire was reported Wednesday afternoon, a hand crew established a line around it. Crews were back at it Thursday morning, Sept. 20, said Rick Truex, acting district ranger with the Eagle Holy Cross Ranger District.

up to 3 acres

A helicopter started dropping water on the fire Thursday, cooling hot spots.

Thursday night, dry conditions and gusting winds kicked the fire up to about 3 acres.

On Friday, a hotshot crew, smokejumpers and additional firefighters built a fire line around the fire.

Smoke may be visible from parts of Eagle County, particularly the Colorado River Road, Truex said.

So far, there are no closures or evacuations in place. However, the public is encouraged to stay off roads and trails in the area, Truex said.

Forty firefighters are at the site.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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