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Wolcott's Red Canyon Fire No Longer Threatens Power Lines

Jul 9, 2018

Red Canyon Fire near Wolcott in Eagle County
Credit Eagle County Public Information Officers

Eagle County Firefighters were called to a wildland fire above the Eagle Springs Golf Course in Wolcott Sunday night at 5 pm. A major power line in the area was initially threatened, and as a precaution, the communities of Edwards, Avon, Beaver Creek and Vail were notified of the possibility of a power outage. Firefighters were successful in keeping the fire away from the power lines, and as of 11:00 p.m., Incident Command did not anticipate further threat to the area’s power supply.

Six individuals and two horses were evacuated as a precaution. Crews remained on scene to monitor fire activity overnight.

As of 11:00 p.m. Sunday night, the fire was still estimated to be only 5 acres in size. It was burning in mainly sagebrush on US Forest Service land. Approximately 70 personnel are currently working the fire, with more resources expected to arrive in the morning. The cause has not been determined; however, there was lighting activity in the area at the time, and two other small fires were reported along the  I-70 shortly thereafter.

Six individuals and two horses were evacuated as a precaution. Crews remained on scene to monitor fire activity overnight.