Crews respond to fire near Avon
AVON — At approximately 6:10 p.m. Monday, the Eagle River Fire Protection District (ERFPD) responded to a report of a smoke sighting near Avon’s Wildridge subdivision. An engine responded to the reporting party’s location, and confirmed that white smoke was visible a few miles north of Coyote Ridge Road in the direction of Red and White Mountain.
An ERFPD wildland crew was dispatched to the area at approximately 6:45 p.m. to investigate. The decision was made not to actively engage with the fire due to cool and soggy conditions, the lack of daylight hours and the fact that no structures were threatened. ERFPD continued to monitor the area throughout the night, and as of Tuesday morning, it appeared the fire had grown to approximately 1 acre in size. Crews hiked in this morning to get a closer look. Recent rains have prevented engines from getting up to the scene, which is entirely on U.S. Forest Service land. Currently, the Forest Service has taken command and will be monitoring. The area is very wet, so crews were not concerned that the fire would spread.
A thunderstorm moved through the area on Monday. However, at this time cause of the fire has not been determined.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Fire Department and Vail Public Safety & Communications Center also assisted in the incident.
“This should serve as a reminder to us all that wildfire season isn’t over quite yet,” said ERFPD Community Risk Manager Tracy LeClair. “Keep those emergency kits ready and make sure you have a plan in case you need to get out quickly.”
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.