By Jesse Sarles

(CBS4) – A new wildfire in northern Eagle County has forced authorities to close Highway 131. The wildfire, called the “Alkali Fire” is burning near 4 Eagle Ranch north of Wolcott. The fire has also been called the “4 Eagle Fire” by Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center or RMACC.

(credit: Eagle River Fire Protection District)

The fire had burned 100 acres by 3:45 p.m. Friday and was zero percent contained.

Smoke may be seen from the Beard Creek/Singletree area. One helicopter is on scene and two single-engine air tankers along with a large air tanker are assisting ground crews.

CO 131 is closed both northbound and southbound between US 6 and Colorado River Road due to wildfire activity. There is no estimated time to reopen.

The Horse Mountain subdivision has been placed on pre-evacuation status. Gusty winds are creating erratic fire behavior.

A photo of the fire shared by Colorado State Patrol showed heavy smoke coming from a ridge.

(source: CBS)

High temperatures on Friday and Saturday will contribute to high fire danger across most mountain areas in Colorado. A Red Flag Warning has been posted through 8 p.m. Friday because of the combination of record heat, gusty winds, low relative humidity and very dry soil.

Jesse Sarles

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