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Eby Creek Fire update

Contact: Bill Kaufman at 970-328-3441

June 29, 2012 - 11 a.m. - The Eby Creek Fire (pronounced EE-bee) is still at approximately eight acres and is 50 percent contained this morning. Emergency responders continue to work to contain and control the fire.

A number of small spot fires burning outside of the containment area are being managed. Fire crews are still patrolling Eby Creek Road, and an Eagle Fire engine crew is looking south of Eagle for signs of additional smoke and fire. A federal fire detection aircraft has been requested to assist with fire spotting.

Two helicopters from the Colorado Army National Guard High-Altitude Aviation Training Site (HAATS) are providing water bucket drops. The Town of Eagle is supplying a water tender and Eagle County Road & Bridge is assisting with dust abatement during helicopter operations.

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 in the area. 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, U.S. Forest Service, Vail Fire Department, Colorado Department of Emergency Management, Eagle County Sheriff's Office and Eagle County Emergency Management.