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 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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday June 20th, 2021 approx. 03:15 PM|
|Location||15 miles south of Eagle, CO near Sylvan State Park|
|Incident Commander||Local Type 4|
|Coordinates||39.465 latitude, -106.768 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||68%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday August 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM|
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.
Some fire activity on southern side