UPDATE: Brush Creek fire near Heeney laid down
UPDATE: According to Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue’s Facebook page, as of 12:30 p.m., the Brush Creek fire has laid down, and crews are still in the area to contain it.
UPDATE: The wildfire north of Silverthorne has grown to 200 acres, there are no threats to structures at this time, however it is still at 0-percent containment.
All Summit County fire agencies responded to a six to seven acre wildfire on Brush Creek Road, between Ute Pass Road and Green Mountain Reservoir, on Friday night. The fire, which started at 1:46 p.m. at 1.5 acres, grew substantially with warm afternoon winds. As of 6:30 p.m. on Friday, the fire was at 0 percent containment.
“It’s been a challenge as the wind is shifting back and forth,” Lake Dillon fire chief Jeff Berino said. “Fortunately it’s in an isolated area.”
With the help of Vail, Kremmling, the U.S. Forest Service and a Juniper Valley hand crew, 55 firefighters were on the scene. The fire burned dried grasses, beetle kill pines and aspens, but no structures were threatened by the fire, though there was one voluntary evacuation.
In the late evening, with winds dying down and humidity rising, Berino said crews would work hard to establish fire lines before nightfall.
“We hope to get some containment tonight and button it up tomorrow morning,” he said. “If things don’t settle down tonight, tomorrow we will bring in a helicopter and a hand crew.”
While most federal fire resources ended the first of October, helicopters are available in both Rifle and Montrose. Berino reminded the public to be cautious with campfires and other flammable materials until winter snowfalls blanket the county.
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