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Gutzler Fire Grows To 850 Acres

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The Gutzler Fire continues to grow. It grew to 850 acres on Wednesday afternoon, up from 300 acres the day before.

The fire has also prompted a warning from the Colorado Department of Health.

The wildfire has burned about 850 acres in Eagle County, about 25 northwest of Silverthorne. The health warning includes people living in Eagle, Summit and Grand counties. Everyone living in those counties is urged to stay inside.

The fire was estimated at 100 acres in size on Monday.

Dense vegetation, standing dead nettle kill trees and gusting winds are not helping the firefighters. The wildfire is burning on U.S. Forest Service land.

image11 Gutzler Fire Grows To 850 Acres

The Gutzler Fire (credit: White River National Forest)

Initially, crews estimated the fire to be about 250 acres. But new mapping of the fire on Monday by the MMA state-owned aircraft put the fire at 97 acres with some other small spot fires. That estimate grew to 300 acres on Tuesday and 850 acres on Wednesday.

The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Radium Campground and boat ramp on the Upper Colorado River because of the fire.

It will remain closed until further notice, since it’s being using as a base for firefighting operations. People are urged to stay off FS road 402 and Sheephorn Road.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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