Smoke From Gutzler Fire Prompts Health Warning

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Smoke from the Gutzler Fire prompted a warning from the Colorado Department of Health on Wednesday.

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

Health officials expect the smoke should clear out by Wednesday evening.

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.

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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.

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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