Crews work to suppress Freeman Fire near Ruedi Reservoir
CARBONDALE — The Freeman Fire, burning north of Ruedi Reservoir, has grown to 294 acres with zero containment. The fire is located between the Two by Four and Freeman Creek drainages in grass, brush and timber stands.
There are approximately 80 personnel on the fire Sunday. Resources on the fire include two Type I helicopters; a Type III helicopter; two 20-person hot shot crews; two 20-person Type II hand crews; and three federal engines. Up to three helicopters will be conducting water-bucket drops in Ruedi Reservoir throughout the day.
Initial weather reports for today indicate sporadic gusts up to 30 miles per hour and warm temperatures. Smoke is expected to be visible from Fryingpan Road, Basalt, Meredith, Thomasville and Eagle County.
“Suppression efforts are ongoing today,” said Kevin Warner, district ranger. “The public can expect to see active aerial activity and fire operations in the Ruedi areas. We ask that the public maintain safe and reasonable distances from crews and operations and let the firefighters work.”
Primary suppression tactics will be performed by aerial resources. If conditions allow, crews will focus on putting in hand and saw line around the east and west flank of the fire and keeping the fire north above Fryingpan Road. Incident command is expecting 10 percent containment by end of shift today.
There are no evacuation notices or pre-evacuation notices at this time. There are no road closures, trail closures or area closures at this time. Fire suppression operations are staging out of the Ruedi Reservoir boat ramp area.
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