Bailey Fire: Full Containment Expected Sunday Night

Fire Cost Tops $1.4 Million

The 2,590-acre forest fire near Bailey, dubbed the "Snaking Fire" by the U.S. Forest Service, was 75 percent contained Sunday morning, and some fire crews were sent home. Firefighters said that they expected to have the stubborn blaze 100 percent contained by Sunday night.

The fire threatened hundreds of mountain homes, built amid tall Ponderosa Pines, but none were lost to the fire -- thanks to sometimes heroic efforts by firefighters.

The last three subdivisions that had been evacuated were re-opened Saturday evening to local residents. They were: Horseshoe Park, Bailey Estates and Crow Valley.

Only 11 fire crews were expected on the fire lines Sunday, down from 15 crews on Saturday. The number of fire engines used to contain the fire was also being reduced Sunday, from 46 to 28.

The cost of fighting the six-day fire has been put at $1.4 million.

A fully-involved house fire raised already jittered nerves near the fire Saturday night. A two-story house burned to the ground in Harris Park, a few miles from the fire lines. Officials said the house fire was unrelated to the forest fire.

Neighbors rushed to the house and quickly dug a fire line around in an effort to keep the blaze from spreading. No one was injured in the fire and its cause was under investigation.

Federal, local and state fire officials are planning a "FireWise Community Workshop" for mountain residents to learn how to reduce wildfire hazards on their property. It will be held Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at West Jefferson Middle School in Aspen Park, Colo.

A similar workshop, after the Hi Meadow Fire in 2000, brought out scores of homeowners wanting to learn how to make their property less vulnerable to fires.

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