A multi-acre fire broke out this afternoon near Vasquez Creek in Winter Park, according to Todd Holzwarth, chief of East Grand Fire Protection District.
The fire is between Vasquez Road and the Denver Water Board diversion ditch on forest service land, and is currently a couple acres, according to officials. No homes or structures are in the vicinity except for a water treatment plant that is unlikely to be in the fire’s path, according to officials.
The fire is not yet contained, though responders from Grand Lake Fire, Granby Fire, Grand Lake Fire and East Grand Fire are all currently on the scene. Roads into the area have been blocked indefinitely to the general public while emergency workers work to contain the blaze.
Help is also coming from Fort Collins, and a multi-mission aircraft is currently en route to help assess the situation.
Holzwarth says that as long as winds don’t pick up firefighters have a good chance of containing the fire. He could only speculate as to the cause of the fire, though the increase in camping in the area may be to blame.
“I can only speculate at the moment. There were a ton of campers up there this weekend; there was no lightning in other words,” he said.