Brush fire blazes alongside Brush Creek Road |

Brush fire blazes alongside Brush Creek Road

Matt Zalaznick

A brush fire that may started when children lit a campfire in a small wooden fort in Eagle Saturday afternoon was close to spinning out of control when it was extinguished, authorities said.

The fire, which is still under investigation, was fanned by high winds and spread to two acres of brush after it broke out around 2 p.m. alongside Brush Creek Road between the entrances to the Terrace, near Eagle Ranch.

“The wind was blowing at a real good clip but we got the fire stopped before it headed for any buildings,” said Chief Jon Asper, of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District.

About 20 firefighters from the Eagle, Gypsum and the Eagle River Fire Protection battled the blaze, Asper said.

A stretch of the road was closed around 2:15 p.m. because of blowing smoke and fear the fire would jump and ignite brush on the opposite side of the pavement.

The blaze was brought under control by 3:30 p.m. But firefighters spent the remainder of the afternoon snuffing hot spots in the area. A few trees had to be chopped down to prevent the flames from spreading, Asper said.

Firefighters were alerted to the blaze by a man who walked in the Eagle fire station and said he’d seen kids playing with a campfire, Asper said.

“We don’t know for sure what started it,” Asper said. “But they found a campfire, a fire pit and two books of matches. And kids were seen running away.”

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