Small fires keep local crews hopping |

Small fires keep local crews hopping

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

Fire crews responded Monday afternoon, July 19, to a half-acre wildland fire north of U.S. Highway 40 in the Kinney Creek area between Windy Gap and Hot Sulphur Springs. The fire is believed to have started from a lightning strike.

Responders from Grand Fire Protection District No. 1, Hot Sulphur Springs and the U.S. Forest Service put out the wildfire before it spread further, according to emergency officials. The fire did not threaten any homes and no one was injured.

At least two other lightning strikes were reported in the Grand Lake area on Monday, one of which set off a residential fire alarm behind Soda Springs Ranch. A Grand Lake Fire crew was advised by a neighbor that a lightning strike had touched down in the vicinity of the activated alarm, according to Grand Lake Fire Chief Mike Long, but the strike did not start a fire. Another lightning strike was thought to have touched down in wilderness seen from the Grand Lake Golf Course.

On the evening of the Fourth of July, an acre burned behind the Best Vu Motel on Arapaho National Recreation Area federal land ignited by a homeowner who dumped charcoal briquettes out on the field.

At least one other small fire in the Grand Lake area had been started by a burning slash pile, according to Long.

Fire officials remind Grand County visitors and residents to make sure campfires are completely out before they are abandoned; slash piles and other burns larger than a 3-foot diameter are illegal throughout Grand County.