West Vail wildfire contained | VailDaily.com

West Vail wildfire contained

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
NWS West Vail Fire 1 DT 8-7-09

VAIL, Colorado – Firefighters contained the West Vail wildfire Saturday morning after fighting the one-acre blaze Friday until about 8 p.m.

Thirty-one firefighters were on scene at the fire, just above West Vail, Saturday morning and had contained it 100 percent by noon. While most of the fire crews left the scene in the afternoon, the U.S. Forest Service was staying in the area to keep an eye on it throughout the evening and possibly Sunday, said Vail Fire Chief Mark Miller.

“There’s certainly no danger at this point – there are a few crews on scene, though,” Miller said.

The Vail Fire Department did a fire drill in the same area of the fire just about a month ago. Miller said the drill paid off, as well as the town’s initiative to build what’s known as “defensible space” around properties.

The fire is possibly smoldering in some spots, but the remaining crews will make sure it stays contained, said Bill Kight, spokesman for the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management team, which includes the Forest Service, the

Bureau of Land Management and the National Parks Service.

Local fire officials are concerned about the weather conditions, though, he said. There were red flag warnings Friday when the fire broke out and weather is expected to remain hot and dry throughout the next couple of days.

“We’d like people to be real careful out there,” Knight said.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com

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