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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
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)    

Weekend Wildfires in Gunnison County Determined to be Human-Caused


Gunnison, Colo. – Fire investigators have determined that all four wildfires in Gunnison County that occurred over the weekend were human-caused. Each of the fires was the result of either ditch burns or slash pile burns that became out of control. All of the wildfires, with the exception of the Little Henderson Fire, are 100% contained at this time. Those fires will be patrolled and monitored throughout the day to make sure there are no remaining hot spots.

The Little Henderson Fire is located approximately seven miles north of Hwy 133 on Gunnison County Road 265. The fire remains at 50-60 acres and 0% containment as of this morning. There are no structures threatened, and despite some smoke in the area, there is little fire activity reported this morning. One (1) type 4 engine from Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit (MIFMU), a type 2 hand crew, and several local fire department resources are on scene today. Crews plan to take advantage of current fire conditions to work on containment of the fire today.

Fire Stats:

Little Henderson Fire: 50-60 acres, 0% containment, no structures threatened, human-caused fire
MM 125 Fire: 125 acres, 100% containment, human-caused fire
Brush Creek Fire: 31 acres, 100% containment, human-caused fire
Ohio Creek Fire: 69 acres, 100% containment, human-caused fire

Due to current wildfire conditions and an increase in fire activity in the region, residents are encouraged to be cautious with all flammable materials and agricultural burns. For information on fire restrictions throughout Colorado visit www.cofireban.info.



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Last updated: 04-09-2012