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Release Date: 04/09/12
Contacts: Chris Barth, Public Information Officer    
  Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit    
  Phone: 970.240.5317 (o)    
  970.596.0430 (c)    

Additional Wildfire Starts in Gunnison County While Fire Crews Work to Contain MM 125 Fire (04-07-12)


Gunnison, Colo. – A new wildfire was reported in Gunnison County at 2:50 pm today near Crested Butte. The Brush Creek Fire was started as a result of ditch burning on private land and quickly moved onto National Forest System lands managed by the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest. Fire crews from Crested Butte Fire Protection District, Gunnison County Fire Protection District, the Colorado State Forest Service, and the US Forest Service are working to contain that fire. The Brush Creek Fire is currently estimated at 50 acres and 70% containment at this time. There are currently no structures threatened by the Brush Creek Fire.

Firefighters have made progress on the containment of the MM 125 Fire located near the Arrowhead subdivision in Gunnison County. Fire managers report that the fire is currently 40% contained, but expect the containment to increase to 50% by the end of the day. The fire remains at an estimated 125 acres. The MM 125 Fire is burning on both private lands and  lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Today, fire crews worked on containment of the fire and addressing hot spots within the fire perimeter. Fire managers plan to release the two (2) dozers and one (1) type 6 engine assigned to the fire at the end of the day. On Sunday, crews will continue to work on containment of the fire using the remaining fire resources on scene - two (2) type 6 engines, one (1) type 4 engine and one (1) type 2 hand crew. No structures are threatened at this time and the cause remains under investigation.

Unless significant fire activity occurs on either fire, the next update will be released on Sunday afternoon. Updates for both fires will also be available on the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit’s Information Hotline (970-240-1070) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/MIFMU).

Due to current wildfire conditions and an increase in fire activity in the region, residents are encouraged to reduce the risk of wildfire threatening their home. For more information about how to reduce your home’s wildfire risk visit the West Region Wildfire Council’s website (www.COwildfire.org) or Firewise (www.firewise.org).



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Last updated: 04-09-2012