White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Media Contacts: Marcia Gilles, Public Information Officer, 970-306-8689
Aaron Mayville, USFS District Ranger, 970-309-2759
Jessie Porter, Eagle County Sherriff’s Office, 970-376-7078
Gutzler Fire Grows to 1000 acres with Slight Containment
EAGLE, Colo. – July 7, 2017 – Over 175 fire personnel and a Type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team are making some progress to contain the Gutzler fire as terrain and conditions allow. The Gutzler fire is burning mostly on the Eagle-Cross Holy Ranger District, White River National Forest, 14 miles South West of Kremmling, Colorado, in heavy dead and downed timber and brush, surrounded by steep, rugged and rocky terrain.
The fire has grown from 850 acres to approximately 1000 acres and is 3% contained. Above average temperatures, dry thunderstorms, erratic winds and dry fuels are contributing to active fire behavior. The fire may continue to grow. Yesterday the fire slowed as it moved to the contingency line and reduced the smoke seen in the valley.
“Fire crews have been using natural barriers such as meadows and cliffs to connect fireline on the south west edge of the fire,” stated Aaron Mayville, USFS District Ranger. “Having both hand crews digging fireline along with air operations dropping water to tame the flames is helping slow the fire growth and gain some containment.”
Since July 4, crews completed suppression line along the southwestern edge of the fire and worked to connect the line to natural barriers when possible. Firefighters also worked to accomplish containment line around the isolated spotting that occurred on the east and south flank of the fire, with good success. Firefighter safety is a top priority and crews will continue to utilize both indirect and direct suppression tactics and look for opportunities for containment.
Multiple engine crews are currently assigned to the Gutzler Fire along with air resources include 1 heavy type 1 air tanker, 2 type 1 helicopters, and 1 type 3 helicopter. Additional crews and resources have been requested.
There are private lands and residences in the surrounding area, with no evacuations established at this time. No injuries have been reported to date.
Stage 1 fire restrictions started today for the White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management public lands, unincorporated and private lands in Summit, Eagle and Rio Blanco counties. Stage 1 fire restrictions are already in effect in Mesa, Garfield, and Pitkin counties. “We ask the public to follow the relatively minor fire restrictions to help prevent starting human caused wildfires that are known to be high risk, specifically smoking and campfires that can take additional fire personnel and resources,” said Marcia Gilles, Gutzler Fire Public Information Officer.
The White River National Forest, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District has issued a temporary, emergency closure of Forest Road 402 for fire operations. Please also be aware that fire vehicles and engines are utilizing roads Trough Road and Sheephorn Creek Road for operations. Radium campground and boat put in remains temporarily closed due to fire operations. Please respect the closures and give firefighters the space they need to accomplish their work.
The Eagle County Sherriff’s Office and the Forest are partnering on communication efforts with the Gutzler Fire in an effort to amplify messages about fire and smoke. Smoke from wood and wildfire may affect your health. If smoke is present, those who are more vulnerable should take precautions and stay inside, close windows, and avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Keep in mind that smoke impacts can change quickly. Contact your health care provider if your condition worsens when you are exposed to smoke.
Information on the Gutzler Fire can be obtained @EagleCountySO. Also Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5305/ Citizens may also dial 2-1-1 to receive updated information on this incident and on resources in their counties.
No drones: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place around the fire to allow air operations to proceed safely. Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause aircraft to be grounded. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”