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Sylvan Fire

Unit Information

White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602

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Incident Contact

Public Information Line
Email: 2021.sylvan@firenet.gov
Phone: 970-827-5715
Hours: 8a-5p

Highlighted Activity

07/08/2021 Sylvan Fire Update Thursday, July 8
 NEWS RELEASE July 7, 6:30 p.m. Media Contact: Kelsha Anderson, Public Information Officer, 970 230-2663   Sylvan Fire Update EAGLE, Colo. – A local Type 4 incident commander will assume...
News - 07/08/2021
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People visiting Sylvan Lake State Park and other open areas near the Sylvan Fire should expect to see some smoke as firefighters continue to work pockets of fire activity on the southern side of the fire. 

The 3,792-acre Sylvan Fire continues to be 68 percent contained. The uncontained line remains on the southern side of the fire where the rugged terrain and thick timber limits access. Twenty firefighters are working hot spots from the ground and using a light helicopter in more difficult-to- reach areas. Based on the difficulty of safely accessing terrain on the southern side of the fire, the fire will continue to be 68 percent contained for the near future. 

While much of the area around the Sylvan Fire is now open, including Sylvan Lake State Park, the public is urged to drive carefully because of firefighter activity and to stay out of the closed areas.  

“Please respect the safety of firefighters and drive slowly,” said Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Leanne Veldhuis.  “The burned area as well as roads and trails leading into it remain closed for public safety.”

The areas remaining in the closure include the areas within the Sylvan Fire perimeter and several roads and trails leading into the burned area. The specific roads continuing to be closed are National Forest System Road 414 (Brush - Gypsum Road), NFSR 417 (Leeman Gulch), NFSR 431 (Powerline Road), NFSR 431.1 N (Crooked Creek Pass Spur). The trails continuing to be closed are the Mount Thomas Trail (1870) from the intersection with Red Creek Trail (1868) east to the trailhead intersection with NFSR 431.1N, and Antones Trail (1871).

Open areas include NFSR 400 (Eagle-Thomasville), NFSR 416 (Gypsum Creek), LEDE Reservoir and the Hardscrabble/Seven Hermits trail system. NFSR 415 (East Brush Creek) and the Yeoman and Fulford areas continue to be open. The trails east of NFSR 415 continue to be open (Nolan Lake, New York Mountain and Squaw Creek). 

The closure order and map are available at www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver. Information about the Sylvan Lake Fire is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7562/

The large amount of smoke in western Colorado is coming from areas outside of Colorado. A current smoke map and other resources related to wildfire smoke are available at https://www.epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox-wildfires

Sylvan Fire was discovered at about 3:15 p.m. on June 20, 2021. The fire is in Eagle County on the White River National Forest about 16 miles south of the town of Eagle, CO. A Type 3 Incident Management Team of local forces was assembled to perform extended attack on the fire, with the objective of full suppression. When the fire made a run during hot windy weather on June 22, a Type I Incident Management Team was ordered. That team arrived and assumed command of the fire at 6 a.m. on June 24. Due to the efforts of firefighters with the assistance of rainfall, containment of the fire has increased and fire activity has decreased. On July 3 at 7 p.m., the Type 1 team will transition with a Type 3 team and return management of the incident to them. At 7 p.m. on Thursday July 8 responsibility was turned over to a Type 4 Incident Commander.  Their progress will be documented in updates on this InciWeb page and on the Sylvan Fire Information Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SylvanFireInformation). Though this is a full suppression fire, because of the steep terrain, fuel types, and expected weather, Sylvan Fire could be a long duration incident. 

For the latest information about any pre-evacuation or evacuation notices, visit  www.ecemergency.org   for Eagle County and  www.pitkinemergency.org for Pitkin County. For more information about wildfire smoke visit https://www.epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox-wildfires

The White River National Forest has issued a closure order for the area around the Sylvan Fire for public and firefighter safety. The closure order and map are available in the Closures and Maps tabs above.   
  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSunday June 20th, 2021 approx. 03:15 PM
Location15 miles south of Eagle, CO near Sylvan State Park
Incident CommanderLocal Type 4
Coordinates39.465 latitude, -106.768 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size3,792 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained68%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Mixed conifer, aspen, grass, and shrub. Heavy dead and down fuels in the timber fuel types. Live fuel moistures are low.

Significant Events

Crews continue to patrol and find occasional heat. All lines are holding, and there is still some interior smokes popping up.