#Tenderfoot2 Fire Press Release #4
Press Contact: Marcia Gilles (970) 306-8689
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Progress Continues on the Tenderfoot 2 Fire, Prompting Trail Openings
Dillon, Colo. – Sept. 22, 2017 –Firefighters continue progress to suppress the 21 acre Tenderfoot 2 fire east of Dillon which has reached 85% containment. With the progress, the White River National Forest has rescinded the closure order on the Oro Grande and Tenderfoot Mountain trails. The trails are now open to the public but please stay out of the burn area above the Oro Grande Trail due to weakened trees. Expect to see firefighters in the area throughout the day.
The fire has been reduced to a Type 5 classification, the lowest intensity in the federal rating system. Snags, or hazard trees that could fall, remain a concern, and sawyers and fire crews remain to work the interior of the fire and to mitigate any hot spots. Firefighters have not found any new hot spots since yesterday but will continue gridding the burn area to check for heat today.
A 20-person Type 2 initial attack Upper Colorado River hand crew and a Type 6 engine remain to continue working on the burn area on today.
The Tenderfoot 2 fire initially was reported at approximately 5 p.m. on Monday. Upon official investigation, the fire has been determined to be caused by sparks from a blown insulator cap on a power line that subsequently ignited nearby grasses and burned upslope.
A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place around the fire to allow air operations to proceed safely. Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause aircraft to be grounded. The public is reminded that “if you fly, we can’t!”
The Upper Colorado River (UCR) Fire Management Unit is a Service First Fire program comprised of employees from the White River National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management.