Bocco Fire containment reaches 50 percent; crews continue securing fire perimeter

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photo by Melissa Brusco Fires plagued Grand County's neighbors this week. Yesterday a fire on Buffalo Mountain behind Lowes surged to over 90 acres. As of Wednesday morning there was no containment, but the fire had not grown. Some evacuees were were allowed back to pick up belongings. The fire is now described as
photo by Melissa Brusco Fires plagued Grand County's neighbors this week. Yesterday a fire on Buffalo Mountain behind Lowes surged to over 90 acres. As of Wednesday morning there was no containment, but the fire had not grown. Some evacuees were were allowed back to pick up belongings. The fire is now described as "human caused." Local firefighters from Grand County assisted in containment efforts.

Crews are continuing with mop-up operations and extinguishing any hot spots along the perimeter that could threaten existing containment lines. Fire behavior continues to be minimal with occasional smoldering and smoking from the interior of the fire perimeter.

“Smoke and dust will continue to be visible in the coming days,” said Jeremy Spetter, Incident Commander. “There are still smoldering hot spots within the fire perimeter that may continue to produce smoke; we are being very diligent with our work because of continued weather conditions.”

Conditions will continue to be hot and dry through Tuesday much of the week.

Due to the steady progress made over the last two days, the Type 3 Incident Management Team will be transitioning management of the fire at the end of today’s operational period to a local Type 4 Incident Management Team. Firefighters will continue to patrol and secure the line throughout the week. Although there could be some fire activity within the perimeter if conditions are right, the likelihood of the fire threatening communities is low.

Smoke will continue to be visible from other fires burning in Colorado and other places around the west. For more information on smoke and air quality please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/ airquality/colo_advisory.aspx

Evacuations for the Alkali Creek Neighborhood were lifted Monday, June 11, at 1:00 p.m. and power has been restored to this area.

Highway 131, Milk Creek Road and Horse Mountain Road are open. Please be aware that segments of Horse Mountain Road are being used for fire operations and emergency vehicles may be present on the road way.

If you fly; we can’t: Firefighters would like to remind the public that unauthorized use of unmanned aircraft, “drones”, pose serious risks to firefighter and public safety and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations.

For further updates on the Bocco Fire please contact the Colorado River Valley Field Office at 970-876-9000 located at 2300 River Frontage Road Silt, CO 81652. Updates will also continue to be posted to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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