Brush Creek Fire Update: July 19 (#BrushCreekFire)

Information from the Brush Creek Fire Public Information Officer

The Brush Creek Fire is 150 acres.  Fire activity has increased as the sun hits the west aspect or slope of the fire.  The blaze backed into the Brush Creek drainage overnight and is moving within one third to one half mile of the structures west of the incident. Air tankers are dropping retardant on the west flank to protect the structures and give firefighters an opportunity to work in that area. Dozers are also on scene beginning to build fireline around the structures.  The rest of the fire is looking good.  The west flank remains the highest area of concern. Other control issues are the dry fuels, poor access and tough terrain.
Arriving this morning are two type 2 hand crews, two hot shot crews and an additional engine.  Fire personnel are securing a helispot in support of those resources. A local type 3 Incident Management Team has assumed management of the fire.
The first objective is protection of life and structures and the structure protection engines will continue to guard the residences in that area.  Lightning has been determined the cause of this incident.
The Brush Creek Fire is near Douglas Pass on Bureau of Land Management public land 17 miles east of the Utah border.  It is situated on Pike Ridge burning in heavy timber with limited, difficult access.  Oil and gas facilities are a few miles northeast of the incident.
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Fire Information Line:  970-826-5108