Parachute fire ‘looking good’ |

Parachute fire ‘looking good’

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Bureau of Land Management photo

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Firefighters expected to contain a 150-acre fire 5 miles southwest of Parachute Tuesday night or some time today.

Bureau of Land Management public information officer David Boyd said the fire was about 60 percent contained early Tuesday evening and it hadn’t grown in size since Monday night.

“They’ve worked around the whole fire but some areas they’re not calling contained yet,” Boyd said.

The Bureau of Land Management says the Housetop Fire was started by lightning around 7 p.m. Monday and burned actively until 11 p.m. It burned pinyon-juniper vegetation on BLM and private lands in Mesa County.

The fire is about three quarters of a mile west of about 25 homes in the Housetop Mesa subdivision, Boyd said. Officials notified the residents there about the fire and suggested they may want to leave but no evacuations were ordered.

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Gas producing wells spread throughout the area nearby were also shut down as a precautionary measure, Boyd said.

About 130 people were working on the fire Tuesday including two hot shot crews, the Juniper Valley crew, eight engines and a local Type Three Incident Management Team.

Two helicopters assisted firefighters and one airplane flew over the fire for reconnaissance, Boyd said.

“Things are looking good,” Boyd said. “It was sunny and hot but they were able to keep everything in check.”

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