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Release Date: 04/09/12
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New Wildfire Starts In Gunnison County As Firefighters Work to Contain Others (04-08-12)

Gunnison, Colo. – A new wildfire, located near County Road (CR) 265 in the Ragged Mountain area,  was reported on Sunday afternoon in Gunnison County. The fire is reported to be 20-40 acres at this time. Fire crews from Paonia Fire Department, Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office, and the US Forest Service are on scene at this time. One (1) type 4 engine that was previously assigned to the MM 125 Fire is also responding to the scene. The fire was reportedly started on private land and is moving to National Forest System lands. There are currently no structures threatened, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Cooler temperatures during the night helped firefighters make progress on several wildfires that have been burning in Gunnison County over the weekend. The Brush Creek Fire, located near Crested Butte in the vicinity of County Road 738 and Brush Creek Road, was 100% contained on Sunday afternoon. The fire size was reduced to 31.2 acres due to more accurate mapping of the fire perimeter. The Brush Creek Fire was started as a result of a ditch burn on private land that escaped and burned on to National Forest System lands. Crews continued to address hot spots within the fire perimeter during the day, and some resources are expected to remain on scene overnight to continue to improve the fire line and monitor remaining hot spots.

Fire crews were also able to take advantage of cooler overnight temperatures on the MM 125 Fire burning near the Arrowhead subdivision in Gunnison County. Fire managers report that the fire is currently 80% contained and the size remains at 125 acres. One (1) type 4 engine was released this afternoon to respond to the new fire burning in Gunnison County. The type 2 hand crew assigned to the MM 125 Fire is expected to be released later this evening. Two (2) type 6 engines will remain on the fire overnight. There are no structures threatened, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Ohio Creek Fire was reported at 100% containment on Saturday, however firefighters from the local fire districts have maintained a presence on scene throughout Sunday to monitor the 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

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Last updated: 04-09-2012