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Local fire outbreaks quickly supressed

Lance Magggart
Grand FPD firefighters Phil Flegner, Mike Emery, and Joe Starika assist East Grand mutual aid on their wildland call near Jim Creek in Winter Park on Monday, July 11. While the cause of the fire is unknown, it may have been smoldering for as long as several weeks, according to Fire Chief Dennis Soles. The fire was contained to less than one quarter acre.
Art Ferrari / Special to the Sky-Hi News |

Grand County firefighters were busy Monday July 11 battling a pair of blazes that broke out in the Fraser Valley area.

The two fires, the Pole Creek Fire and the Jim Creek Fire, were ignited in southeastern Grand County. Local firefighting assets responded to the fires on Monday July 11 with one fire burning in the Pole Creek area and a second east of the Lakota subdivision and Winter Park Resort in the James Peak Protection Area.

Late Monday afternoon local officials confirmed the Pole Creek fire was completely under control. Monday evening officials from the East Grand Fire Protection District confirmed containment of the Jim Creek Fire. According to East Grand Fire Chief Dennis Soles the Jim Creek Fire was contained to less than one-quarter-acre.

The Pole Creek Fire was quickly brought under control using a backhoe. Officials from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) said the fire was contained at a size of roughly 20 feet by 20 feet. Individuals from the GCSO will be investigating the Pole Creek Fire while investigators from the US Forest Service will conduct investigations into the Jim Creek Fire. A press release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office states, “further investigation revealed that the (Jim Creek) fire was actually a series of five or more small fires”. Officials do not believe the fires near Jim Creek were caused by a weather event or other natural causes.

Authorities believe the Pole Creek Fire, which occured in a residental area, originated from a residential fire pit that had not been thoroughly extinguished Sunday night.

Monday morning also saw the outbreak of a fire in Rocky Mountain National Park near the Twin Sisters Trailhead. The fire was quickly contained to an area roughly 20 feet by 20 feet. Officials from Rocky issued a press release Monday afternoon stating, “Estes Valley and Allenspark Fire Protection District and Rocky Mountain National Park firefighters responded to the scene… The quick response from interagency partners made a difference in quickly suppressing and containing this fire.”

The cause of the fire in Rocky remains under investigation. Campfires are allowed only in designated campfire rings at specific locations in Rocky. Currently there is no fire ban in Grand County. Multiple Grand County agencies responded to the fires with assets from East Grand Fire, Grand Fire, Grand Lake Fire, Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire, the US Forest Service and the GCSO participating.

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