White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
SILVERTHORNE, Colo. – Firefighters will continue to patrol the 86-acre Ptarmigan Fire as fall weather provides more moisture to the area. Most resources have been released from the Ptarmigan Fire, and local crews will continue patrolling.
The fire remains 75 percent contained. Firefighters have built containment line around the fire, but do not yet consider parts of the north and east flank fully contained. This area has an extremely large volume of dead and downed trees, making it difficult for firefighters to find heat on the ground as well as to effectively and safely complete mop-up.
The fire has not grown in two weeks, and no heat or smoke has been detected recently. However, the potential for fire activity remains in the heavy fuels until rain and/or snow can fully saturate the area.
A closure remains in place for the area burned by the Ptarmigan Fire as well as the trails leading into the burned area. The Dillon Ranger District is coordinating closely with firefighters as it evaluates the closure.
Current information about the Ptarmigan Fire and forest closure is available on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7857/.