Fire at Minturn gun range; officials are on-scene
September 29, 2018
UPDATE: (3:44 p.m.) Vail Mountain is currently being evacuated as a precautionary measure, according to the VailMtnAlerts Twitter feed. Also, the fire is now being dubbed as the “Two Elk Fire,” per the Eagle Fire River Protection District.
UPDATE: (2:38 p.m.) As the Minturn fire continues to spread, Gypsum Fire Department and the Forest Service have arrived on scene. Helicopters have started doing water drops in the area. Heavy winds continue worsen the situation, as they push SE throughout the day at speeds of 7-16 mph.
The fire broke out amid State 1 fire restrictions, which were re-implemented August 31 after dry conditions persisted throughout the county. Shooting at gun ranges is permitted during Stage 1 fire restrictions, though there are limitations on what types of targets and ammunition can be used.
UPDATE: (1:22 p.m.) Officials confirm the fire started at the Minturn gun range. Please avoid the area and do not call 911 to report smoke.
The Eagle County River Fire Protection District, the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Vail Fire Department and Eagle County Sheriff’s department are all on-scene.
Downhill winds are helping slow flames as they push upwards through a mixture of spruce, sage and fir, though wind direction is subject to change.
This will be the second fire at the range this summer. On June 9th, a fire was sparked by an individual shooting at flammable targets.
(12:59 p.m.) A fire sparked south of Minturn Saturday afternoon around 12:30 p.m. Plumes of smoke are visible throughout the area and officials are on-scene.
Vail Daily staff members are en route and working with local officials to share details to the public. Keep checking this page for updates as new information is discovered.