VAIL — A wildfire broke out a quarter mile up Red Sandstone Road in Vail on Monday.
Responders received the call at 1:15 p.m., when smoke was reported on U.S. Forest Service land above Potato Patch Road. Crews from the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, the Eagle River Fire District, the U.S. Forest Service and the Vail Fire Department worked to stop the blaze from spreading. The wildfire grew to about two-tenths of an acre in size and took crews about an hour to control. It was 90 percent contained as of 6 p.m.
As of Monday evening, officials still were not sure what started the fire. Early reports of a downed power line turned out not to be true after investigators found no sign of power disruption in the area. No property or people were hurt, said Vail Fire Chief Mark Miller.
FIRE SEASON APPROACHES
While Vail is not under extreme fire danger conditions at the moment, Bill Kight, White River National Forest’s public information officer cautioned residents to be careful and aware as fire season approaches.
“(This fire) didn’t spread far because it didn’t have much fuel,” he said. “ However, we are starting to heat up and get into fire season.”
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