Brush Creek Fire Reported at 10:12 a.m. in western Garfield County.


July 18, 2012, 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Lynn Barclay 970-826-5096
Fire Information Line: 970-826-5108

Brush Creek Fire in Garfield County

Garfield County, CO – The Brush Creek Fire was reported at 10:12 a.m. today near Douglas Pass on Bureau of Land Management public land 17 miles east of the Utah border.  The fire, estimated to be 100 acres, is situated on Pike Ridge burning in heavy timber with limited access.  Fire crews are working to hold it on the ridge to keep from running over the top into the next drainage.  There are seven structures north of the incident and two structures within a mile west of the blaze.  Engines are providing structure protection with support from two single engine air tankers dropping retardant and a helicopter dropping water.

Smoke jumpers were deployed immediately to begin fighting the fire until wildland engines could reach the area. On scene are seven engines, eight smoke jumpers, two SEATs, one helicopter, and one hand crew. On order are two heavy air tankers, four hand crews, two helicopters and two helitankers. Working on this incident is the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State, and National Park Service.

No determination of cause.