East Fork Fire 40 percent contained

A wildfire some 30 miles southeast of Montrose is now 40 percent contained.

As of Tuesday morning, the East Fork Fire remained at 447 acres.

The fire is burning 13 miles east of Ridgway and three miles southeast of Silver Jack Reservoir.

Lightning sparked the fire June 15. High-elevation, rugged terrain and heavy amounts of dead timber have made it more difficult to build containment lines around the fire. Recent fire activity has been light to moderate.

The fire is threatening about 20 residences, 15 commercial properties and five buildings, but none has been lost. Crews on Monday completed fire lines on High Mesa.

Nearly 290 people and three helicopters were fighting the fire as of this morning.

Some road and trail closures remain in effect in the area.

With the Fourth of July approaching, officials are reminding the public that no fireworks may ever be used on federal Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

Also, Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect in the Gunnison and Uncompahgre national forests, and on many BLM lands in the region. Some of these restrictions limit campfires to fire grates in developed campgrounds and restrict where smoking can occur.



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