The Sylvan Fire burning in Eagle County, CO, home to Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas, has tripled in size to 1,424 acres, since starting on Sunday afternoon. Lightning is suspected as the cause.
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The fire is currently twelve miles south of Eagle, CO, and half a mile southwest of Sylvan Lake State Park. The state park has been closed due to the fire.
The fire is about fourteen miles south-west of Beaver Creek ski area, and twenty miles from Vail Resort.
Firefighters are making progress securing fireline on the east and west sides of the Sylvan Fire, which is burning 16 miles south of Eagle, Colo.
The fire has burned 1,424 acres since it was reported Sunday afternoon. The fire is burning in timber on the White River National Forest about half a mile from Sylvan Lake State Park. The cause is under investigation but lightning is suspected.
About 75 personnel are assigned to the fire along with a light and heavy helicopter. Monday a heavy air tanker and four single-engine air-tankers dropped retardant to help stop the fire’s spread.
The White River National Forest has issued a closure order for the area around the Sylvan Fire for public and firefighter safety. A map of the closure is available in the map section. The closure includes the 400 (Eagle-Thomasville Road, the area south of Sylvan Lake, the Hardscrabble area, the FS 416 Road between Crooked Creek Pass and the Peter Estin Hut, and the FS 514 Red Table Mountain Road from Cottonwood Pass to Lime Park.