Firefighters battle Frey Gulch Fire in Summit County

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(Photo: Lake Dillon Fire Rescue)

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Firefighters are fighting the Frey Gulch Fire which broke out in Summit County on Saturday afternoon.

Officials say the fire was reported shortly after noon on Saturday, just above the shooting range at the Summit County landfill.

Officials say the fire is 22 acres in size with 30 percent containment on Sunday afternoon. No structures are threatened and no injuries have been reported.

More than 75 firefighters from Lake Dillon Fire, the RWB Fire District, the Vail Fire Department and the North-West Fire Protection District are on scene as of Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Air support helped contain the fire early.

“Because of the dangerous mix of dead-standing lodgepole pines and thick ‘doghair’ trees – plus the natural chimney formed by the gulley – firefighters on the ground were relegated to the perimeter of the fire for their safety,” said Lake Dillon Fire spokesman Steve Lipsher. “Under these circumstances, fighting the fire from the air is the best option.”

“We are hopeful for 100 percent containment by [Monday] evening,” Bill Jackson, District Ranger said in a statement on Sunday. “We appreciate the support and hard work of all of our local and county cooperators over the past day and a half and will continue our close coordination with the Sherriff’s Office and the ongoing investigation regarding the cause of the fire.”