Fire south of Eagle now contained |

Fire south of Eagle now contained

Cliff Thompson

The fire, sparked by lightning Tuesday in heavy mixed aspen and spruce, was held in place by retardant dropped from the air. The blaze, named for the nearby Lettuce Patch Park, south of Bruce Creek, was declared contained Wednesday afternoon.

Eleven firefighters spent the night camped at nearby Metheny Park before resuming firefighting duties in the morning. They were assisted by a helicopter that dropped water and ferried supplies.

They will be snuffing any remaining hot spots today, said Phil Bowden, Interagency Fire Coordinator.

“There’s quite a bit of heat because there are some heavy fuels,” he said.

This fire is the third this week started by lightning. Another, more problematic fire was sparked by lightning at Jones Gulch, two miles south of Camp Hale. That fire is in an area of unexploded World War II munitions used at the former military training base, requiring munitions experts to clear a path for firefighters who mopped up the fire Tuesday.

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Another fire occurred three miles north of Eagle in the Eby Creek area. It was quickly extinguished.

With fire danger labeled “extreme,” there is a county-wide ban on open fires.

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