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Progress made in Beavertrail Fire response

According to the Bureau of Land Management, the fire is burning over 450 acres
Updated: Jun. 6, 2021 at 8:40 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Agencies are making progress in responding to the Beavertail Fire in Mesa County. The Upper Colorado Fire Fire Management team is taking the lead in the response. The Mesa County Wildland Crew also assisted over the weekend according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire is burning vegetation northwest of the Beavertail Tunnel on I-70 in the fire scar of the 2012 Pine Ridge Fire. According to the BLM, crews have stopped forward progress of the over 400 acres of affected land and will continue working for the next couple of days. The cause is under investigation.

The sheriff’s office and the bureau explained that hot, dry conditions have increased the potential for wildfire. The BLM is asking the public to be proactive about fire prevention, especially when recreating. The sheriff’s office also stressed that everyday activities can start wildfires. Blazes can spark from a discarded cigarette, trailer equipment dragging on the road, and even car exhausts.

According to Megan Terlecky, MCSO Public Information Officer, “We really want the public to be aware that we are experiencing some critical fire danger weather right now. And we want people to be aware that we do have some fire danger going on. So please be mindful of any fire use or any activity that you do that has the potential of causing a spark.”

Eric Coulter of the BLM explained that “the cause is currently under investigation. There was some lightning in the area, so there’s a good chance it could have been lightning, but we have not determined that officially yet.”

The BLM posted on Facebook that several aircraft were deployed in the response.

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