White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Media Contacts: Aaron Mayville, USFS District Ranger, 970-309-2759 Angela Goldman 970-306-6097
Final Update for Gutzler Fire
Gutzler Fire Facts:
Lightning caused on July 2. 974 acres burned.
20% contained. 27 fire personnel assigned.
EAGLE, Colo. – July 11, 2017 – The Gutzler fire size remains at 974 acres. As the Gutzler Fire continues to wind down, the Type Three Incident Management Team (IMT) will be replaced by a Type Four IMT. A Type Four IMT is smaller, more localized team. They will continue to work to monitor the fire perimeter and improve the fire line. Many of the resources that have been working on the Gutzler Fire have been re-assigned to other higher priority fires in the area. The fire camp that was present at Radium boat ramp and campground has been downsized. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will reopen the boat ramp and campground on Thursday, July 13. Some firefighters and vehicles will remain present at the campground, please use caution and give firefighters the space they need to work.
“While our team will be smaller, we’ll continue to monitor and suppress the Gutlzer Fire,” said Aaron Mayville, USFS District Ranger. “I’m hopeful that the shifting weather patterns and our continued work will get us to a fire that is contained and controlled moving forward into the summer.”
It is not unusual for fires to continue to smoke on warm, dry days for weeks or even months in heavy fuels. The fire could become active again, but firefighters do not anticipate much, if any, growth on the uncontained line. Firefighter safety is our top priority, and the risk of injury to firefighters is very high in this remaining area. It’s steep and rugged, with significant dead and down trees. Although there could be some fire activity in this area if conditions are right, the likelihood of the fire threatening communities is low.
Due to reduced fire activity, this will be the final news release unless significant activity occurs. Additional and relevant updates on Gutzler fire, fire restrictions and general forest information may be found on social media or by calling the Eagle-Holy Cross District Office
The temporary emergency closure of Forest Road 402 remains in place 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 remain temporarily closed to fire operations and will reopen on Thursday, July 13.
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 Forest Service are partnering on communication efforts with the Gutzler Fire:
Twitter:@EagleCountySO or @WhiteRiverNews.
Phone: USFS Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District Office at 970-827-5715