Update on wildfire burning north of Gypsum
UPDATE: 5 p.m. Monday, July 23
The Trail Gulch Fire north of Gypsum has burned 27 acres and is now 50 percent contained.
“Today we were able to do a real assessment of the size of the fire,” said Gypsum Fire Department Chief Justin Kirland.”Crews will still be on it Tuesday but we hope we won’t need as many personnel.”
There were 35 firefighters, both federal personnel and crews from local fire departments, on the scene of the Trail Gulch Fire Monday. A helicopter crew from Rifle dumped water on the fire scene throughout the day.
Kirkland said the management plan is to completely extinguish the Trail Gulch Fire. “With this one, we do not want it to go anywhere. Its manageable in size so we can get a good handle on it.”
UPDATE: 8 a.m. Monday, July 23
Last night when Gypsum residents went to bed, their last view of the fire burning north of town was a glowing hillside.
When they woke up this morning, all they could see was a small column of smoke.
According to Gypsum Fire Department Chief Justin Kirkland, the fire consumed around 10 acres yesterday, primarily on the north side of the hillside in the Trail Gulch area. Flames from the fire were highly visible yesterday throughout the downvalley communities of Gypsum and Eagle as the fire crested the hill around 8 p.m.
“The fire laid down well last night with cooler temperatures and higher humidity,” said Kirkland. “We are hoping to get a good containment on it today.”
He noted residents may witness some flare ups and smoke reports as temperatures increase and winds pick up. He added that the fire is more than a mile from any structures.
The fire is burning on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property and federal officals are managing the fire response with a large contingent of local fire department teams on site.
We will update with information about the fire as soon as it becomes available from officials sources.
Sunday, July 22 — 10 p.m.
The wildfire was spotted north of Gypsum after a thunderstorm moved through the area.
A statement from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office reported that at approximately 7:45 p.m., Gypsum Fire Protection District and crews responded to multiple calls for lightning and smoke reports near the Trail Gulch area in Gypsum.
“Crews arrived on scene and confirmed that a wildfire had ignited on USFS land and called for assistance as teams began work on containment. As nightfall sets in, more crews have arrived and are assisting with suppression efforts. No structures are being threatened at this time and crews will continue work into the night,” noted the sheriff’s office statement.
Dispatch reported several people called 911 after seeing a column of smoke and smelling the fire, around 7:30 p.m.
“It was that magic moment when you see lighting start a fire before your very eyes,” Eagle resident Jeff Kerkove said on social media.
This story will be update and information becomes available.
Reconstruction work that was initially slated for completion in 2018 should be done by October 2019