FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
16 April 2015
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Lake Dillon firefighters extinguish small wildfire – in snow
Lake Dillon firefighters fought a small wildfire amid snow drifts on the shore of the Dillon Reservoir Wednesday evening, potentially signaling an unseasonably early start to fire season.
“We had two inches of snow in the morning,” said Lake Dillon Fire Deputy Chief Jeff Berino. “I’m amazed that it burned, but it just shows what can happen even at this time of year.”
The fire, confined to about a tenth of an acre in brush and downed trees, was reported about 5:45 p.m. near Giberson Bay on the northwest side of the reservoir. A half-dozen firefighters worked about 45 minutes to put out the fire, just a few hours ahead of an approaching winter storm.
It is believed to have been caused by an unattended campfire, although no culprit was identified.
“We as a community need to be prepared for wildfires at any time,” Berino said, noting that local firefighters currently are refreshing their training and certifications in advance of fire season and advocating that residents make preparations, too.
- Develop an emergency plan, including a way to get reunited with family members if an evacuation is ordered;
- Pack an emergency kit in the car with toiletries, daily medications, phone numbers, pet food and any other supplies you might need for several days;
- Review insurance documents for adequate coverage;
- Scan and save copies of vital documents and irreplaceable family photos in a place other than the home such as the internet cloud;
- And create “defensible space” clear of flammable vegetation around your home and work to “harden” your home against flying embers.
Property owners may schedule a free defensible-space review with Lake Dillon Fire by calling (970) 262-5209. Additional information is available at www.ldfr.org.