Emergency Management

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  • Phone: 970-328-3545
    Fax: 970-328-8694

    Emergency Management
    P.O. Box 850
    Eagle, Colorado 81631

    emergency@eaglecounty.us

    Call 9-1-1 for emergencies
    or 970-479-2201


Small wildfire expected to be visible from Eagle, I-70

Contact: Matt McGrath, BLM Public Information Officer, 970-456-3623

Recorded media fire information line: 970-244-3104

Firefighters expect smoke from a small, lightning-ignited fire north of I-70 and three miles west of Eagle will be visible this week in Eagle County. The Wapiti Fire is burning about one-mile north of I-70 near mile marker 145. The 10 firefighters on-scene are closely monitoring the fire and do not expect it will grow much beyond one acre due to natural fuel breaks and barriers.

Firefighters will allow the fire to burn naturally to benefit forest health and wildlife habitat. This strategy also keeps firefighter safety a priority and more efficiently uses firefighting resources. No structures are threatened. The fire is burning on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

Should conditions or fire behavior change beyond acceptable levels, firefighters will take suppression action. The last lightning in the area was four days ago, but the firefighters on-scene confirmed the fire resulted from a lightning strike. The fire did not become active enough to be noticed until last evening. Such “hold-over” fires are common, especially when moisture accompanies a thunderstorm.