Crews battle growing fire near Ruedi Reservoir
A fire was burning out of control Sunday north of the Ruedi Reservoir between the Two by Four and the Freeman Creek drainages in fine grass, brush and timber stands.
Upper Colorado River Fire Interagency Management took leadership of fighting the blaze Saturday evening, according to a press release from the UCR Interagency Management Unit.
According to the press release, the fire had grown to 294 acres with zero containment.
Approximately 80 personnel were fighting the fire Sunday, and resources included two Type I helicopters; a Type III helicopter; two 20-person hot shot crews; two 20-person Type II hand crews and three federal engines. Up to three helicopters will be conducting water-bucket drops in through the day.
Initial weather reports for Sunday indicate sporadic gusts up to 30 miles per hour and warm temperatures. Smoke is expected to be visible from Fryingpan Road, Basalt, Meredith, Thomasville and Eagle County.
“Suppression efforts are ongoing today,” District Ranger Kevin Warner said. “The public can expect to see active aerial activity and fire operations in the Ruedi areas. We ask that the public maintain safe and reasonable distances from crews and operations and let the firefighters work.”
Primary suppression tactics will be performed by aerial resources. If conditions allow, crews will focus on putting in hand and saw line around the east and west flank of the fire and keeping the fire north above Fryingpan Road, according to a press release from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management. The incident command team is expecting 10 percent containment by end of shift Sunday.
According to the release, there are no evacuation notices or preevacuation notices at this time, and there are no road closures, trail closures or area closures at this time. Fire suppression operations are ongoing and staging out of the Ruedi Reservoir boat ramp area. Recreationists in the area should be advised that operations will be ongoing and movement of equipment and crews may impact the recreation experience.
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