Crews catch and contain two fires on White River National Forest in Eagle County

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Photo: Greater Eagle Fire Protection District

EAGLE, Colo. – Firefighters from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit have contained two fires on the White River National Forest in Eagle County.

The Murphy Creek Fire burned 10 miles south of Edwards on New York Mountain in the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. Nineteen firefighters and two heavy helicopters kept the fire to 1 acre. The fire was visible from I-70 and Edwards last night and today.

Four firefighters and a helicopter kept the Camp Hale Fire to less than a tenth of an acre.

Firefighters believe lightning caused both fires.

“Fire conditions continue to be extreme in the White River National Forest, and we need visitors to be especially careful,” said Eagle-Holy Cross Deputy District Ranger Marcia Gilles. “Our firefighters are already very busy without any additional fire starts.”

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