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Grass fire near Hot Sulphur Springs contained after threatening home

Sally DiSciullo / Special to the Sky-Hi News

A blazing grass fire near Hot Sulphur Springs on Sunday officially kicked off this year's fire season.

The fire started around mid-day Sunday on County Road 20, on the northeast side of Buyers Canyon. The call for emergency services was received around noon Sunday.

Tom Baumgarten, assistant fire chief with the Hot Sulphur Springs Fire Protection District, said it took firefighters approximately two and a half hours to put the fire down and completely cool nearby hot spots to prevent another sudden outbreak.

Chief Brad White of the Hot Sulphur Springs Fire Protection District said firefighters had the blaze contained within about 15 minutes of arriving on scene. White explained the fire started in some grass in the area and moved into nearby sagebrush but that there was no heavy timber in the immediate vicinity for the flames to reach.

“It was very fortunate for the homeowner.”Tom BaumgartenAssistant fire chief, Hot Sulphur Springs

The fire came dangerously close to one home in the area. Baumgarten said the flames came within about four feet of the structure and that the fire entirely surrounded the house. Fire crews were able to prevent any damage to the structure, though, and no other buildings were endangered.

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"It was very fortunate for the homeowner," said Baumgarten.

Authorities are still working to determine the cause of the blaze.

The Hot Sulphur Springs Fire Protection District was assisted in fighting the fire Sunday by fire crews from Kremmling and Grand Fire Protection District.

"We had excellent response times from Kremmling and Granby to come over and give us a hand," said Baumgarten.

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