ERFPD: Cottonwood Pass reopens following fire-related closure


Bureau of Land Management Colorado Fire:

Update, 1:57 p.m. – Engine crews from Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management, along with single engine air tankers, continue to work on a wildfire that started this morning south of Interstate 70 between Gypsum and Dotsero. The Red Hill fire is an estimated half acre and crews are actively engaged in containment efforts. 

Eagle River Fire Protection District

UPDATE 1:40 p.m. – Cottonwood Pass has reopened.

UPDATE 1 p.m. – crews are reporting good progress at containing the fire. The US Forest Service and BLM (Bureau of Land Management from the UCR (Upper Colorado River) are on scene, along with Gypsum Fire, Greater Eagle Fire, Eagle River Fire, Eagle Valley Wildland, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Vail Fire and Emergency Services. Two aircraft are in the area as well. Fire is still estimated to be 3/4-1 acre.

UPDATE 1 p.m. – crews are reporting good progress at containing the fire. The US Forest Service is on scene, and two aircraft are in the area as well. No update on size, but it does not appear to have grown significantly.

UPDATE 11:45 a.m. – The fire is being reported as approximately 3/4 acre in size, with some torching. Winds 10-15 mph. Air resources are en route. A small plume of dark smoke is visible from Gypsum, although the majority of the smoke in the area has been carried here from fires in Arizona and New Mexico.

6.8.21 at 11:25 a.m. – Cottonwood Pass is closed from both Gypsum and El Jebel. Please avoid the area and #SlowDownMoveOver for emergency vehicles. Remember that wildland fires are #NoDroneZones and will shut down firefighting operations.

10:45 a.m. – Crews are responding a report of a wildland fire in the Cottonwood Pass/Red Hill area near Gypsum. Please do not call 911 to report this fire.

ERFPD: Cottonwood Pass reopens following fire-related closure