NEWS RELEASE July 7, 6:30 p.m.
Media Contact: Kelsha Anderson, Public Information Officer, 970 230-2663
Sylvan Fire Update
EAGLE, Colo. – A local Type 4 incident commander will assume responsibility for the Sylvan Fire at 7 p.m. today. This is the last planned daily update for the Sylvan unless activity level changes. The Fire information line will remain open through the weekend. Warm, dry weather in the fire area contributed to an increase in heat and fire activity across the Sylvan Fire. Isolated torching of individual trees within the fire perimeter occurred. Firefighters continued to hold, improve, and monitor containment lines and are actively mopping up hotspots along the fire perimeter. Smoke or flames inside the Sylvan Fire perimeter may be visible from Forest Road 400. The fire perimeter is not expected to grow despite fire activity inside the current perimeter. Crews expect to continue working hotspots within the fire perimeter through the weekend as temperatures warm and humidity remains low. The fire area may experience stronger winds this evening and Friday.
Resources currently assigned to the fire include 58 total personnel, including 3 fire modules and a light helicopter. Sylvan Fire remains at 3,792 acres, and containment is at 68%. The latest information including closure maps is available on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7562/. For area, road, and trail closures and fire restrictions on National Forest lands, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver . Fire Information Office: 970-462-9625 8 am to 8 pm Facebook: www.facebook.com/SylvanFireInformation/ Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7562/ For more information about wildfire smoke visit https://www.epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox- wildfires.
The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit (UCR) includes Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service firefighting resources that cover 5.8 million acres along the Interstate 70, Colorado River and Roaring Fork River corridors from the Continental Divide to the Utah state line. The UCR includes the White River National Forest and the BLM’s Colorado River Valley and Grand Junction field offices. The UCR cooperates with other federal and state agencies, local communities, and fire departments on a wide range of activities including fuels treatments, fire prevention, and suppression.