EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Officials are battling a fire that sparked in the area of the Duck Pond Open Space between Gypsum and Dotsero.
The fire, known as the Duck Pond Fire, started just before 2 p.m. on Saturday and is mapped at roughly 88 acres, with winds pushing the fire slowly east toward Gypsum, according to Eagle County. The area was presenting access challenges.
On Sunday evening, officials confirmed the fire was human-caused, and the investigation is ongoing.
The fire as of Sunday evening is 60% contained.
Officials are reporting that no structures have been lost and 350 people were evacuated. Due to the high winds returning on Sunday, no aviation is being used to fight the fire.
Duck Pond Fire evacuation notices:
- As of 6 p.m. on Sunday, all evacuation orders are lifted in all locations south of Highway 6 from MM140 to the Dotsero interchange, including Yorkview, Riverdance RV park, Eagle River Estates and Willowstone. View a map here.
- Eagle River Center at 794 Fairgrounds Rd. Pets are allowed. Food and support are available.
- If individuals need support for overnight sheltering, contact the Red Cross at 970-306-9152.
- Eagle County Animal Services is available to take in pets, at 1400 Fairgrounds Road. Crates and food are also available at the Eagle River Center. For more info, call 970-471-5920.
I-70 closure information:
- I-70 was closed from Exits 87-157 but had reopened by 7:37 p.m. If the winds shift, the closure may be implemented again.
- Officials urged drivers to proceed with caution and watch for crews in the area of milepost 137.
- Alternate route: H13-H40-H131 (view map)
- When I-70 is closed through Glenwood Canyon, here are the alternate routes.
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