Wildfire season sees start with ‘424 Fire’ near Lake Granby
LAKE GRANBY — A wildland fire near Cutthroat Bay was quickly brought under control Monday as firefighters from throughout Grand County responded to the scene.
Firefighters achieved 100 percent containment of the 424 Fire — named for County Road 424, , which firefighters used to access the property upon which the fire was burning — at 1:45 p.m. after digging a firebreak trench surrounding the fire. The fire, roughly one-and-a-half acres in size, was located within a small subdivision of homes and cabins in the area and while no structures were damaged and no injuries were reported the fire threatened multiple residences in the area.
Grand Fire Protection District Spokeswoman Schelly Olson described the incident as a “small wildland fire.” However, gusting winds and abundant stands of beetle-kill pine in the area meant the fire could have been far worse.
The blaze occurred entirely on private property just off County Road 4 and 424 and was centered less than one mile from Grand Lake Fire’s Station Three, at the corner of U.S. Highway 34 and the turnoff to Cutthroat Bay Campground.
The fire was said to have originated by a campfire Monday morning but became out of control, prompting an emergency call. Officials received the initial call for response at 11:54 a.m. and arrived on scene shortly thereafter.
The fire was largely under control by 1 p.m. with no visible flames, though the smoke plume could be seen throughout the Three Lakes region. Firefighters on scene said they estimated a lengthy mop-up period as they continued monitoring for hot spots and worked to buck and stack burnt timber inside the fire perimeter, which firefighters refer to as being “in black”.
A total of 32 personnel responded to the 424 Fire along with 13 apparatus. Agencies working the fire included Grand Lake Fire, Grand Fire, East Grand Fire, Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire, Kremmling Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, Grand County EMS, Grand County Office of Emergency Management and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
Grand Lake Fire Chief Mike Long was the initial attack incident commander on scene though incident command was later transferred to Grand Fire Chief Ron Thompsohn.
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