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July 2, 2013
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Firefighters monitoring 13-acre fire in Bull Gulch

EAGLE — Firefighters are monitoring a 13-acre fire on Bureau of Land Management land in a remote area of western Eagle County.

It’s in the Bull Gulch Wilderness Study Area above the Colorado River Road.

The fire was started by a lightning strike Saturday, and is burning in sage and pinyon-juniper stands, said David Boyd with the Bureau of Land Management.

BLM officials say the fire is not threatening any structures or private land. It’s smoldering in the available vegetation, and firefighters do not expect the Bull Gulch Fire to grow significantly, Boyd said.

It’s grown to 13 acres from the five acres it started with Saturday, which is what the BLM expected it to do, Boyd said.

“There’s a patch of fuel that we expect it to work its way through. After that the area runs into cliffs and the fire is expected to burn itself out,” Boyd said.

Just in case, a crew of four firefighters will monitor the fire, and will call in additional resources if necessary.

Smoke may be visible along the Colorado River Road from Dotsero to McCoy and possibly other parts of Eagle County, Boyd said.

The fire will bring benefits to this ecosystem in the remote area, Boyd said.

“Firefighters and land managers have chosen to monitor this fire at this time because firefighter and public safety is always the top priority,” Boyd said.


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