White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Media Contacts: Aaron Mayville, USFS District Ranger, 970-309-2759
Favorable Weather and Hard Work of Fire Fighters Calm the Gutzler Fire
Gutzler Fire Facts:
Lightning caused on July 2. 974 acres burned.
20% contained. 108 fire personnel assigned.
EAGLE, Colo. – July 9, 2017 – The change in the fire acreage from Friday is a result of more accurate mapping. The Gutzler fire has burned 974 acres and the containment has increased to 20%.
Fire personnel and a Type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team have made good progress this weekend to contain the Gutzler fire. The Gutzler fire is burning mostly on the White River National Forest, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, 13 miles southwest of Kremmling, Colorado, in heavy dead and downed timber and brush, surrounded by steep, rugged and rocky terrain.
Favorable weather this weekend, including rain, higher humidity and low winds, has helped calm the fire.
“The hard work of fire crews combined with wetter weather has slowed the fire,” said Aaron Mayville, USFS District Ranger. “Our team is continuing to control and monitor the fire, and natural resource specialists will assess fire effects on forest health and wildlife habitat quality.”
There are private lands and residences in the surrounding area, however there are no evacuations established at this time.
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 Trough Road and Sheephorn Creek Road for operations. Radium campground and boat put in remains temporarily closed due to fire operations.
Stage 1 fire restrictions started July 7 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 want people to enjoy our natural resources, but we ask people to please to help prevent human-caused wildfires by respecting the necessary fire restrictions and closures,” said Marcia Gilles, Gutzler Fire Public Information Officer.
The Eagle County Sherriff’s Office and USFS are partnering on communication efforts with the Gutzler Fire. Information on the Gutzler Fire can be found on twitter @EagleCountySO. Also at Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5305/ Citizens may also dial 2-1-1 to receive updated information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call USFS Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District Office.
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!”