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Bull Gulch Fire in Eagle County grows to 40 acres

EAGLE COUNTY — The Bull Gulch Fire burning on Bureau of Land Management lands in the remote Bull Gulch Wilderness Study Area has grown to 40 acres. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and expect it to continue to grow over the next several days.

Smoke may be visible in the afternoons from the Colorado River Road and along the Interstate 70 corridor, including Gypsum, Eagle and Edwards. The fire was ignited by lightning Sunday and is burning above the Colorado River Road in western Eagle County.

The fire is burning in sage and pinyon-juniper and is not threatening any structures or private lands. If the fire reaches pre-established action points, firefighters will begin to suppress it. A crew of four firefighters will continue monitoring the fire daily throughout the active burn period and will call in additional resources if necessary.

Firefighters and land managers have chosen to monitor this fire at this time because firefighter and public safety is always the top priority, the fire will bring benefits to this ecosystem, and the area is remote.

Depending on whether the area receives rain over the next several days, the fire could continue to burn and put up smoke into next week or longer.


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The VailDaily Updated Jul 3, 2013 07:48PM Published Jul 8, 2013 10:24AM Copyright 2013 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.