Fire season ‘starts’ with two ground fires
July 21, 2009
Two brush fires in two different areas of Grand County burned nearly four acres collectively on Friday.
The first fire started burning around 3 p.m. at mile marker 182 at the intersection of CR 12 and Highway 40 in Kremmling. It burned three acres.
High winds and low humidity that day burned sage clover and grass, threatening three structures, according to spokesperson Rachel Wood of the Kremmling Fire Protection District. The source of the fire is still under investigation, she said.
“I do believe the fire season may have started,” Wood said.
Although no one was needed to be evacuated, Highway 40 was closed down due to heavy smoke, and CR 12 was shut down to accommodate fire apparatus. The roadways opened about 30 minutes later when the fire was contained, according to Wood.
Kremmling Fire was assisted by Hot Sulphur Springs Fire, Grand Fire (Granby), the U.S. Forest Service, Grand County EMS and Kremmling Police.
Grand Lake Fire was also called for mutual aid, but en-route to Kremmling, Grand Lake’s two trucks turned around when called to a slash-pile burn at the Winding River Resort up CR 491 in the Grand Lake area.
The U.S. Forest Service helped Grand Lake Fire knock down flames before it spread into nearby forest lands.
The burn amounted to a 30-foot by 40-foot area upon containment. A total of four wildland engines and as many as 10 wildland certified firefighters, plus additional crew, were on scene.
The fire originated from a slash pile where resort personnel dumped campfire embers, according to Grand Lake Fire Protection District spokesperson Mindy Everhart.
The resort’s policy was for volunteers to dispose of ashes there, she said. Grand Lake Fire has since educated the Resort on proper disposal.
Whether the resort will be cited is “still to be determined,” Everhart said.
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