A fire is confirmed in the New York Mountain area, approximately one-acre, caused by a lightning strike yesterday at 4:45 p.m. The U.S. Forest Service and emergency personnel monitored the fire last night via helicopters and are on scene this morning. The fire was quiet overnight, with minimal winds, cooler temperatures and increased humidity. Crews are using chainsaws to attack the fire from the ground and are preparing for aircraft resources as soon as possible today. Firefighting aircraft will fly at very low altitudes, typically just a couple of hundred feet above the ground, the same altitude as UAS (drones) flown by members of the public and others.
Weather continues to be monitored as additional storms are predicted this afternoon with wind and lightning.
Cordillera personnel are in contact with U.S. Forest Service and the Eagle County Emergency Operations Center.
We will continue to update property owners as new information is available via this system.
Please do not call 911 or the gatehouses.
Visit the Eagle River Fire Protection District Facebook page for updates.