Fourth fire ignites in Gunnison County

A fourth wildfire ignited in Gunnison County on Sunday, challenging firefighters who already had their hands full battling or monitoring three other blazes in the county.

The Little Henderson Fire, burning in the North Fork of Little Henderson Creek near County Road 265 about seven miles north of Colorado Highway 133, had scorched 50 to 60 acres by Sunday evening, according to Chris Barth, spokesman for the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit. Crews from the Paonia Fire Department, Gunnison County Sheriff’s Department and the fire management unit were on the scene, and an engine and a hand crew previously assigned to another fire were expected to join them.

Fire managers said the fire reportedly started on private land and moved to national forest land. No structures are threatened, and the cause of the fire is unknown.

Meanwhile, crews took advantage of cooler overnight temperatures to make progress on the MM 125 Fire burning near the Arrowhead subdivision. The fire, which remained at 125 acres, was now 80 percent contained and still under investigation, Barth said.

An engine was released Sunday afternoon to fight the new fire, while a hand crew was released later in the evening. Two engines remained at the scene overnight.

The cooler temperatures also helped firefighters Sunday afternoon fully contain the Brush Creek Fire, which burned in the vicinity of County Road 738 and Brush Creek Road near Crested Butte. The 31-acre fire started as a result of a ditch burn on private land that grew out of control and expanded onto national forest land.

No structures are threatened by either the MM 125 or Brush Creek fires.

The first fire, the 69-acre Ohio Creek Fire, was contained Saturday. Local fire district firefighters remained at the scene throughout the day Sunday to monitor the fire.

Fire managers are asking residents to be cautious with all flammable materials and agricultural burns due to current wildfire conditions and an increase in fire activity in the region.


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