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UPDATE: Freeman Fire getting under control

Oct 16, 2016

A Type 1 helicopter conducts water-bucket drops from Ruedi Reservoir. Helicopters were grounded Sunday afternoon due to high winds.
Credit Eagle County Sherriff Department

Oct. 17, 2016, 6 p.m.

 

The fire burning near the Reudi Reservoir is now 40 percent contained.

 

 

Crews flew one helicopter this morning to survey the fire, but weren’t able to fly again, due to strong winds.

 

Kate Jerman, of the White River National Forest, says firefighters have been working hard to subdue the 336-acre blaze.

 

No structures are threatened at this time, and still no evacuation notices are in effect.

 

Jerman says the fire is believed to be manmade. If anyone has information about how it started, she asks to please call the Eagle County Sheriff's Department.

EARLIER Oct. 16, 2016

Firefighters are attempting to contain a wildfire that was first reported north of Ruedi Reservoir on Saturday. Officials report on Sunday that the nearly 300-acre blaze is 15 percent contained.

 

Throughout the day, helicopters conducted water-bucket drops in the reservoir. Three fire engines worked as crews built fire lines on the blaze’s east and west flanks, trying to keep it north of Frying Pan Road.

Officials report the fire isn't threatening any structures at this time. Today, 80 crew members were on the scene, as the situation is now being handled by the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit.

The fire, located near the Two By Four and Freeman Creek drainages, is in fine grass, brush and timber stands.

Forest Service officials warn residents that crews will be operating in the area, which may impact recreation. The fire is burning almost exclusively on National Forest land. There are no road, trail, or area closures at this time, nor have there been any evacuation notices.

 

There will be a public meeting at the Thomasville Fire Station at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17.