Fire near Lucky Peak appears to be human-caused, BLM says

July 1, 2013 

A Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman said Tuesday that crews were making progress on the Turner Fire, and are on schedule to have it contained by 8 p.m.

The fire, which erupted near Lucky Peak Reservoir around 5 p.m. Monday and had grown to about 300 acres by Monday night appeared to be human-caused and was being investigated, the BLM said.

The blaze is about the same size as it was Monday, according to BLM. Steep terrain and difficult access has hindered some of the crews' efforts to extinguish the fire.

The Turner Fire broke out south of Lucky Peak near the Turner Gulch area. Several factors aided the spread of the flames, the BLM said, including high temperatures, dry fuels, steep terrain. and limited access. Crews had to be transported by boat to the fire, and equipment had to gain access by land south of Lucky Peak.

Crews stayed through the night to work the fire. Multiple ground and air resources were being used to fight the blaze.

With the Fourth of July approaching, the BLM urges the public to use caution when recreating on public lands, that fireworks are not allowed and to fully extinguish campfires.

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