Fire burns in forest west of Gunnison

A wildfire caused by lightning west of Gunnison has consumed roughly 100 acres of U.S. Forest Service land, the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit said Sunday.

The East Coal Creek Fire, which started around 5 p.m. Friday, showed minimal growth potential on Saturday but grew at a faster pace on Sunday because of changing weather conditions, the unit said.

The fire is burning rugged terrain dominated by Douglas fir and numerous beetle-killed trees. The fire is moving to the northwest.

Resources including a Type 2 helicopter and one Type 1 hand crew are expected to arrive today.

No evacuations have been ordered as a result of the blaze.


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