Making incremental progress, firefighters have contained 65 percent of the wildfire known as the Aspen Fire, which had burned about 20,000 acres as of Sunday.
Efforts have continued to be hampered by an inversion layer, which is when the air nearer the ground is cooler than the air further up in the sky. The temperature inversion has caused smoke to accumulate in the low-laying areas of the blaze, which naturally makes it harder for firefighters on the ground or in the air to see and combat the inferno.
Fire crews strengthened containment efforts Saturday using indirect and direct suppression methods, according to the National Forest Service. Unpredictable fire behavior and getting access to the steep and harsh terrain of the fire remained big safety concerns.
Several roads in the forest, including Minarets Road, were closed to all traffic along with 15 campgrounds...