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Eby Creek Fire is 80 percent contained

Contact: Bill Kaufman, 970-328-3441

June 29, 2012 - 4 p.m. - Crews battling the Eby Creek Fire northeast of Eagle gained ground today. Despite wind gusts of up to 20 mph, the fire is 80 percent contained as of approximately 3 p.m. Residents in the area are still under a pre-evacuation notice.

The 20-member Colorado River Crew was brought in to assist in firefighting, bringing the total number of crew members on the ground to 60.

Water bucket drops are continuing with the assistance of a Black Hawk helicopter and a Chinook helicopter from the Colorado Army National Guard High-Altitude Aviation Training Site (HAATS). Photos are available on the Eagle County Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EagleCounty.

The fire was reported at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday (6/28) and was caused by lightning. A pre-evacuation notice was sent to 75 homes. All Eagle County residents are encouraged to subscribe to EC Alert at www.ecalert.org to have emergency notifications sent directly to a cell phone or email address.

Responding agencies last night and today include Colorado National Guard, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Eagle County Ambulance District, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Juniper Valley SWIFT crew, Salvation Army, Town of Eagle, U.S. Forest Service, Vail Fire Department, Colorado Department of Emergency Management, Eagle County Sheriff's Office, Eagle County Emergency Management and Eagle County Road & Bridge.

In addition, City Market in Eagle has provided meals to the ground crews and Eagle County Schools opened a facility to house the firefighters. For updates on the fire, visit www.eaglecounty.us.