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Contacts: USFS/UCR: Bill Kight, 970-930-1178
Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue: Steve Lipsher 970-389-2967
Summit County Sheriff: Taneil Ilano 970-389-2475
3 October 6:30 p.m. Update: Brush Creek Fire near Heeney 30 percent contained
SILVERTHORNE., Colo. – Oct. 3, 2015 – Between the work of more than 100 firefighters on the ground and two water-dropping helicopters, crews made substantial progress Saturday on the Brush Creek Fire near Heeney.
The blaze, which was reported about 1:45 p.m. Friday, grew to an estimated 229 acres overnight, fueled by winds generated by a passing storm front. It burned in thick, beetle-killed lodgepole-pine stands and open hillsides of sage and grasses.
By Saturday afternoon, the fire was an estimated 30 percent contained, with full containment projected for 7 p.m. on Sunday, barring any changes in expected weather. Mop-up and full extinguishment of the fire in the heavy downfall and thick timber may take days or even weeks.
No buildings were damaged, and short-term evacuations were lifted Friday night after the fire “laid down” after midnight. Calmer weather on Saturday meant crews could begin establishing fire lines and burn out vegetation threatening the Brush Creek Ranch and the Summit County settlement of Heeney.
Firefighters from Lake Dillon Fire and the U.S. Forest Service were joined by those from Copper Mountain Fire and Breckenridge-based Red, White & Blue Fire in the initial attack on Friday, assisted by crews from Vail, Kremmling, Eagle River Fire and Northwest Fire from Park County.
Officers from the Summit County Sheriff’s Department have been involved from the first call, as well, providing backcountry support, law enforcement and notification of nearby residents in addition to participation on the fire-management team.
By Saturday, they were reinforced by a 10-person inmate crew from Juniper Valley in Rifle and a 19-person crew from Juniper Valley in Buena Vista; the 22-member Alpine Hotshots from Estes Park; the Northern Colorado Type 2 Initial Attack crew of 19; and Type 6 engines from Steamboat Springs, Arvada, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Craig district, the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control also sent a team in support of the state’s new Multi-Mission Aircraft, which was instrumental in mapping the fire and helping to identify areas of concern.
The fire, which burned on a mix of White River National Forest land and private property, is being managed by a unified command comprised of the U.S. Forest Service Upper Colorado River fire-management unit, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Dillon Fire.
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