Firefighters battle 7-acre blaze at Dotsero crater |

Firefighters battle 7-acre blaze at Dotsero crater

Daily Staff Report

Firefighters worked to contain a 7-acre fire that broke out Sunday afternoon at the Dotsero crater.

As of Sunday evening, 32 firefighters from various agencies were fighting the blaze, Gypsum Fire Chief Dave Vroman said. The fire was expected to be contained by 9 p.m. Sunday, he said, and “mop up” operations were expected to continue today.

The cause was still being investigated Sunday, Vroman said. He said the fire did not threaten any structures, although it was within a half-mile of Dotsero homes.

Agencies that aided in the operation included the Gypsum Fire Department, Eagle Fire Department, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Vail Fire Department, and an interagency crew from the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

Vroman said the fire serves as a warning to residents and outdoor enthusiasts that wild-land fire danger is increasing as the snow melts.

“Be safe and diligent, because it’s drying out very quickly,” he said.

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