Snow eased Sylvan fire near Hot Sulphur Springs

Sky-Hi News staff
Smoke rises from the Sylvan Fire on Tuesday evening. U.S. Forest Service fire crews are working the fire, located approximately eight miles south of Hot Sulphur Springs. Byers Peak is seen in the background. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
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The Sylvan Fire burning in the national forest south of Hot Sulphur Springs was still contained to one acre as of late Wednesday and received 4 to 5 inches of snowfall during the night into Thursday morning.

The cause of the fire was traced to a days-old lightning strike.

Firefighters had pulled back from the fire Thursday due to dangerous, muddy road conditions in the wake of the snowstorm, said U.S. Forest Service public affairs specialist Reid Armstrong.

About half-dozen Grand County-based Forest Service firefighters were battling the wildfire, which is 7.5 miles south of Hot Sulphur Springs. The fire is burning sporadically in an area of predominantly dead timber.

Firefighting personnel will remain in the area during the holiday weekend to monitor any fire activity, Armstrong said.

The helicopter based out of Fort Collins called to fight the fire on Wednesday never made it the site because of high winds on the Front Range.

The fire first was reported at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Armstrong said personnel on the ground traced the fire to a tree that was struck by lightning. The most recent recorded lightning strikes in the area occurred on May 18, she said..

The fire is being referred to as the Sylvan Fire because of its proximity to Sylvan Reservoir, near the junction of the Muddy Creek and Timber Creek roads. The area is east of County Road 34, which intersects County Road 3 near Williams Fork Reservoir.

Firefighters from Hot Sulphur Springs and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management were involved in the initial response to the blaze.

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