2 small fires spotted on Mineral Peak early Friday morning, crews responding

Skylar Rispens

Two new, small fires were spotted in the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area near Mineral Peak early on Friday morning and suppression efforts are in action.

The West Fork Gold Creek fire, located about 1 mile northwest of Mineral Peak Lookout, is producing smoldering and creeping fire behavior in thick timber. However the blaze is only about a quarter of an acre in size. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

No closures have been issued for the area as of Friday afternoon, although smoke may be visible. Due to the hot and dry conditions two firefighters were dropped at the fire by a helicopter and more are hiking into the area to assist with suppression actions. A helicopter will also be dropping water on the scene.

The Mineral Peak fire is the second new blaze in the area and is burning about 150 yards east of the Mineral Peak Lookout.

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At 1/10 of an acre, the fire is smoldering and creeping in patchy vegetation contained in rocky, steep terrain.

The lookout is not immediately threatened and no closures have been issued for the area.

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