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Eagle firefighters make quick work of brush fire

EAGLE, Colorado – Eagle firefighters jumped on a brush fire with both boots Tuesday afternoon, knocking down the half-acre blaze in less than 40 minutes.

“It’s very explosive right now,” said John Patterson, deputy chief of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District.

A motorist passing on Interstate 70 called the fire department, and about the same time the 911 dispatchers announced multiple fires around mile marker 146.

Three units from Eagle and two from the U.S. Forest Service bolted out the door, and 34 minutes later the fire was out.

They were quick because they knew they had to be, Patterson said.

The unseasonably warm and dry weather has the area sitting on a potential powder keg, Patterson said.

“We’re about two months ahead of the normal timetable for this year’s fire season,” Patterson said. “Our conditions are very dry and we’re on our toes.”

Patterson asked that everyone be cautious.

Investigators from the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and Eagle County Sheriff’s Office are trying to determine what caused the fire.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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