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Red Table Fire south of Eagle now 50 percent contained

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A firefighter works a smoldering “hot spot” on the Red Table Fire on Friday afternoon.

EAGLE — Crews are now reporting 50 percent containment on the Red Table Fire near Sylvan Lake, officials said Friday afternoon. The fire remains at 20 acres in size.

The fire broke out Wednesday near Sylvan Lake, about 12 miles south of Eagle.

Late Thursday, crews completely flanked the fire on the south-facing side, or right side. As of Friday afternoon, crews were close to flanking the left side of the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation, officials said.

Crews were working to identify isolated, smoldering fires on the left flank. Once identified, crews line the fires and mark them for mop up.

"The crews are working hard and making progress on the challenging areas," said Aaron Mayville, acting district ranger for Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District. "We are pleased to announce 50 percent containment on the fire right now and we are hopeful to be at 100 percent containment by (Saturday) morning."

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Pending conditions, crews will be demobilized as necessary starting Saturday morning. One helicopter was on standby throughout the day Friday.

The Forest Service is asking the public to stay away from the area affected by the fire and avoid recreating in the Antone Cabin Springs Drainage.

Officials advised people to check in with Sylvan Lake State Park for the latest information on access to recreation. The road going into the fire camp and staging area continues to be closed to the public except for overnight campers utilizing the campground.