White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Media Contacts: Aaron Mayville, USFS District Ranger, 970-309-2759 Angela Goldman 970-306-6097
Fire Fighters continue to make great progress on the Gutzler Fire
Gutzler Fire Facts:
Lightning caused on July 2. 974 acres burned.
20% contained. 108 fire personnel assigned.
EAGLE, Colo. – July 10, 2017 – The Gutzler fire size remains at 974 acres. Fire personnel are using the wetter weather to their advantage and steady progress continues on containment. Fire crews are working the fire perimeter, monitoring and cooling the edge in an effort to prevent more fire growth. They have completed and are holding critical piece of in-direct fire line along the southwest portion of the fire. They are also beginning to rehabilitate some of the fire control impacts, such as building water bars to reduce erosion on fire lines constructed by the crews.
“As weather has precipitated a decrease in fire activity, we are beginning to re-assign some of our fire resources to higher priority fires in the west,” said Aaron Mayville, USFS District Ranger. “However, we will continue to staff this fire with the personnel we need to keep the forest and surrounding communities safe.”
The majority of the Gutzler fire is burning on the White River National Forest, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, with less than 10 acres on adjacent private lands. The fire is located 13 miles southwest of Kremmling, Colorado, in heavy dead and downed beetle-killed timber and brush, surrounded by steep, rugged and rocky terrain. There are no evacuations in place for the Gutzler Fire area.
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 ramp remains temporarily closed due to fire operations.
Stage 1 fire restrictions continue to be in place for White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management public lands, unincorporated and private lands in Summit, Eagle, Rio Blanco, Mesa, Garfield, and Pitkin counties.
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!”