Eagle and Routt County agencies fight wildland fire
Ryan Summerlin July 2, 2014
Last Saturday, the Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke on Copper Spur Road in Bond.
Upon arrival fire department members, along with community members, began suppressing the fire with water and hand tools while other agencies were dispatched. Due to the increase in winds, the main fire caused six spot fires.
Other agencies arrived on scene and began to extinguish the fire in fir trees, cottonwood trees and pinyon and juniper which was thick with live and dead timber. The fire was also burning in a drainage with steep terrain that was challenging to access.
Personnel from the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Vail Fire and Rescue, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service – Yampa Engine, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office joined members of the Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department and were able to contain the fire to just under a half an acre, preventing it from spreading to nearby structures.
Under the county’s mutual aid agreement, local fire departments join together as a multi agency task force to help suppress wildfire in the first operational period. The USFS and BLM are continuing to monitor the fire until it is completely extinguished. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Incident Commander Rock Creek Chief Brita Horn would like to thank community members for their assistance, and offered her thanks to all the agencies for their hard work and diligence in containing the fire.