Crews monitor Bull Gulch Fire in remote Eagle County
Ryan Summerlin July 9, 2013
EAGLE — A second day of higher humidity helped moderate fire activity on the Bull Gulch Fire, which has been burning on Bureau of Land Management lands in the remote Bull Gulch Wilderness Study Area since Sunday.
Although the fire has not grown significantly in the past two days, more precise mapping shows that the fire has burned 66 acres.
Anticipated weather conditions over the next several days do not appear to be favorable for additional fire activity, but firefighters will continue to closely monitor the fire as long it has potential to spread.
If the fire reaches pre-established action points, firefighters will begin to suppress it and bring in additional resources. The fire is not threatening any structures or private lands.
It was ignited by lightning and is burning above the Colorado River Road in western Eagle County.
If the fire becomes active again, smoke may be visible in the afternoons from the Colorado River Road and along the Interstate 70 corridor, including Gypsum, Eagle and Edwards.
Allowing the fire to burn
Because the naturally-ignited fire is burning in a remote wilderness study area and not threatening structures or other values, firefighters and land managers elected to closely monitor the fire, but to not immediately take suppressive actions. This keeps firefighters safe, brings the benefits of natural fire to the ecosystem, and helps reduce fuel for future wildfires.