Fire is burning north of Dotsero, near Sweetwater resort
EAGLE COUNTY — A wildfire burning approximately two miles north/northwest of Sweetwater Lake had consumed more than 80 acres by late afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 18.
The fire is actually burning in Garfield County in the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, but the only road access is from Eagle County. The fire is burning approximately 14 miles north/northwest of Dotsero.
According to information from the U.S. Forest Service the fire, known as the Johnny Myers Fire, was zero percent contained as of 5:30 p.m. The fire is burning in grass, mountain shrub, sage and pinon/juniper trees.
As of late Thursday afternoon, 13 firefighters were on the scene. Engines, firefighters and a helicopter responded to the scene.
The fire was first reported late Thursday morning. Additional crews are expected to arrive Friday, Oct. 19.
“Fuel conditions are extremely variable across the District,” said Rick Truex, acting Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger. “While snow is visible at high elevations, there is still potential for fire at lower elevations. We are asking the public and hunters to avoid the area while firefighters work to suppress this fire.”
Smoke may be visible from the Colorado River Road.
Aerial operations are continuing. Please don’t fly drones in the area.
Tourism and outdoor recreation employ a lot of people, but those workers’ wages are below county and regional averages.