Terrain aiding Treasure Fire containment near ski areas

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LEADVILLE, Colo. – Though the Treasure Fire burning in the Birdseye Gulch area has torched 300 acres and is only 5 percent contained, crews are optimistic about making significant progress Sunday.

The fire is nestled five miles northeast of Leadville and less than 20 miles southwest of Breckenridge, and the terrain in that area is lending firefighters a hand. According to a release from the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, green meadows and timberline are stopping the fire’s spread north and east.

“The Incident Commander expects good progress toward containing the fire (Sunday),” the release stated. “The management strategy is full containment and aggressive suppression.”

There are currently 62 firefighters working in the area and no structures are being threatened.

Though crews are optimistic, the released continued to state  that smoke may linger in the area for some time.

“The burned area will continue to produce a declining amount of smoke, probably for two weeks,” the release said.

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