On 08/11/18, at approximately 3:30 pm, Sheriff Officers and Fire responded to a reported blaze roughly 30 mile west of Gunnison and two miles south of US Highway 50. Approximately 40 fire fighters combined from the Gunnison Fire District, Ohio City Fire Department and the Montrose Fire Department responded along with Gunnison County Sheriff’s Officers and Federal entities.
Air support was immediately ordered. A fixed wing air tanker was able to make three sorties and delivered effective retardants on the perimeter. A helicopter made countless runs and delivered water at strategic locations within the fire.
It has been estimated that the fire has consumed approximately 250 acres of private land without structures or other points of value being affected. The fire was monitored overnight and with slight exception did not grow in size. The conflagration was considered self-contain over the evening and ground crews as well as anticipated air support will continue to fight the fire today.
Although the fire has responded well to the initial attack it is still considered non-contained.