Small fire burns in West Elk Wilderness; Mill Castle Trail closed

UPDATE:

The Mill Creek Fire burning 12 miles northwest of Gunnison remained at 5 acres Wednesday afternoon, but the U.S. Forest Service has closed National Forest System Trail N0. 450, Mill Castle Trail, from the trailhead at the western end of National Forest System Road No. 727, approximately 7.6 miles to Storm Pass.

This closure was made in the interests of public health and safety. For more information about the closure, call the Gunnison Ranger District, 970-642-4425.

A red flag warning was put into effect Wednesday, because of predicted dry thunderstorms and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

The fire is creeping and smoldering through grass, brush and aspen terrain; no structures or resources are threatened as of last report.

Fifty personnel, including smokejumpers, are fighting the fire, with two engine modules and a helicopter.

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ORIGINAL STORY

A wildfire discovered late afternoon Monday in the Gunnison National Forest has burned about 5 acres, according to the National Forest Service.

The Mill Creek Fire is burning in the West Elk Creek Wilderness, about 12 miles northwest of Gunnison, west of Cunningham Reservoir and National Forest Service Road 727.

The fire is not a threat to resources or structures at the time, and no road closures have been announced, but in the interest of safety, the public needs to avoid the area.

The Mill Creek Fire’s cause is unknown. At last report, it was creeping and smoldering in vegetation that includes grass, brush and aspen, with isolated tree torching.

Smokejumpers and a helicopter are on scene.

For more fire information:

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Fire Information: 970-874-6602;

West Slope Fire Information: www.WestSlopeFireInfo.com.

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