Sylvan Fire updates: Sylvan Lake State Park reopened, fire remains 68% contained

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The Sylvan Fire sparked on June 20 about 16 miles south of Eagle.

UPDATE (July 30, 1:00 p.m..): The areas remaining in the closure include the areas within the Sylvan Fire perimeter and several roads and trails leading into the burned area. 

Currently the fire is at 3,792 acres and 68% containment. August 1 is the estimated containment date.

UPDATE (July 27, 8:20 a.m.): Some fire activity on the southern side. August 1 is the estimated containment date.

UPDATE (July 23, 11:45 a.m.): People visiting Sylvan Lake State Park and other open areas near the Sylvan Fire should expect to see some smoke as firefighters continue to work pockets of fire activity on the southern side of the fire. The public is urged to drive carefully because of firefighter activity and to stay out of the closed areas.  

UPDATE (July 21, 9:45 a.m.): Sylvan Lake State Park reopened on July 13, visitors should expect to see smoke as firefighters continue to work pockets of fire activity on the southern side of the fire. Officials said the fire will remain at 68% containment due to the terrain. Closures include areas within the Sylvan Fire perimeter and several roads and trails leading into the burned area.

UPDATE (July 18, 4:26 p.m.): Sylvan Lake State Park reopened on July 13 and officials said the fire will remain at 68% containment due to the terrain. Firefighters cannot access the rugged area on the southern side of the fire and it is too dangerous for ground crews to attempt to build containment lines. The burned area as well as roads and trails that lead into it are closed.

UPDATE (July 16, 12:45 p.m.): Visitors to the Sylvan Lake area can expect to see smoke in the Sylvan Fire interior as firefighters continue to monitor and work hotspots along the perimeter of the fire. Expected in the next 24 hours: Hidden smokes may materialize with the continued warm and dry conditions. Winds will be downslope/downvalley 2-5 mph until 10 a.m., then north winds 4-8 mph. Occasional gusts up to 18 mph after 1:00 p.m. No growth is expected.

UPDATE (July 11, 10:40 p.m.): Winds remain gusty overnight. Expected in the next 24 hours: Hidden smokes may materialize with the continued warm and dry conditions. Winds will be downslope/downvalley 2-5 mph until 10 a.m., then north winds 4-8 mph. Occasional gusts up to 18 mph after 1:00 p.m. No growth is expected.

UPDATE (July 9, 8 a.m.) A local Type 4 incident commander took over responsibility of the fire last night, and there are no more planned updates unless the fire begins to spread again.

Currently the fire is at 3,792 acres and 68% containment. Warm weather and increased heat have lead to increased activity inside the fire perimeter. Smoke or flames may be visible from Forest Road 400 as individual trees flare up.

There are currently 58 total personnel including three fire modules and a light helicopter working to end the fire.

UPDATE (July 7, 9 a.m.) Logging equipment that was brought in to help clear containment lines has finished the work needed and helped improve containment to 68%.

Water bars have been brought in to help divert runoff in the containment lines and direct it to areas with more vegetation where it will be more easily absorbed.

There are currently 95 total personnel assigned to the Sylvan Fire, which sits at 3,792 acres.

UPDATE (July 5, 6:53 p.m.) The Sylvan Fire had limited activity again on Monday. Afternoon rain poured on the fire, which held at 3,792 acres while containment increased slightly to 68%.

Responders continue to release resources as they make progress holding, improving and monitoring containment lines.

UPDATE (July 4, 7:35 p.m.): The Sylvan Fire showed limited activity today as firefighters continued hold, improve, and monitor containment lines.  Logging equipment is assisting with containment line construction east of Sylvan Lake. Sylvan Fire remains at 3,792 acres, and containment is at 65%.

A local Type 3 team assumed management of the Sylvan Fire last night at 7 p.m..  Resources currently assigned to the fire include 132 total personnel, including a light helicopter.  We are continuing to release resources to home units or other incidents.

UPDATE (July 3, 11:00 p.m.): The fire has not grown in the last 24 hours and is not expected to much or at all in the next 24 hours.

UPDATE (July 2, 11:27 p.m.) The Sylvan Fire is 65% contained and remains at 3,792 acres.

UPDATE (July 2, 10 a.m.) The Sylvan Fire sits at 58% containment, having burned 3,792 acres since it was discovered on June 20.

Colorado State Patrol in Eagle County has ordered evacuations around Sylvan Lake State Park due to the wildfire. There is a temporary flight restriction in place over the Sylvan fire. This includes drones.

Minimal smoke is expected today and Friday in the Sylvan area. Remember, if you smell smoke, you are breathing smoke.

Map of Sylvan fire perimeter. Courtesy: Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team

Pre-evacuation and evacuation information can be found at at the Eagle County Public Safety Information page. Pitkin County pre-evacuation and evacuation information can be found on the Pitkin County Emergency page.

You can visit the National Forest Lands homepage here and contact the Fire Information Office at 970-462-9625.

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