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Wildfire Burning On Castle Peak In Eagle County

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George Squyres Jr. sent in this picture of the fire burning on Castle Peak in Eagle County Thursday evening (credit: George Squyres Jr. )

George Squyres Jr. sent in this picture of the fire burning on Castle Peak in Eagle County Thursday evening (credit: George Squyres Jr. )

EAGLE, Colo. (CBS4)- Firefighters in Eagle County are battling a wildfire on Castle Peak near Eagle. It’s called the Eby Creek Fire.

The fire has burned four acres two miles northeast of the Eagle Interchange with Interstate 70. The fire is burning on state land about one mile from a residential area.

There are no evacuations but about 75 residents in that area east of Eby Creek Road and in the Castle Peak Ranch area have been given an evacuation standby notice.

There was a big response right away to this fire, in part because the National Guard High Altitude training center is located near where the fire broke out. A helicopter was dispatched from the training center to fight the Eby Creek Fire.

Residents are being urged to gather pets, medications, important documents and other valuables and be prepared to leave quickly. Those who feel threatened by approaching smoke or fire should not wait for an evacuation notice to leave.

Pet and large animal sheltering will be available at the Eagle County Animal Shelter and the Eagle County Fairgrounds if evacuations occur.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Firefighters from local, state and federal agencies are responding, including air tanker support.

debeque pic Wildfire Burning On Castle Peak In Eagle County

A portion of I-70 closed because of the Pine Ridge Fire. (credit: CDOT)

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