Fire is about 40 percent contained
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A helicopter joined the attack on a stubborn wildfire burning in Keystone Gulch, dumping buckets of water on hotspots and flare-ups in terrain so steep that firefighters would have a hard time standing up straight, according to Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Lipsher.
The fire is about 40 percent contained by the most recent conservative estimate, but Lipsher said the fire crews have not been able to update the acreage figure yet. As of this morning, the fire’s footprint was estimated at about 20 acres, but it probably grew today.
About 40 firefighters were on-scene Friday, working in mixed conifer forests, including beetle-killed lodgepole. More resources are expected to arrive on scene tonight and tomorrow, and management of the fire is to be transferred from local control to a federal Type III incident-management team at 8 p.m. tonight.
The fire is burning on a ridge just west of the Keystone Ski Area. It started Thursday afternoon (June 2) and threatened several condominiums and homes. The cause remains under investigation.
The fire is in an area riddled with dead-standing lodgepole pine that is being logged to reduce the threat of wildfire to nearby development, and the work already done there contributed to the success in defending the imperiled homes.
At this time, Keystone Resort is not threatened and is open for summer operations.
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