FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 August 2015
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Firefighters extinguish small wildfire in Keystone
Lake Dillon firefighters, assisted by crews from Copper Mountain Fire and Red, White & Blue Fire of Breckenridge, extinguished a small wildfire in Keystone on Sunday afternoon.
The fire, reported about 1:15 p.m., was burning in grass, sage and a stand of aspen near several Keystone employee housing buildings, prompting a short-term evacuation initiated by Keystone Emergency Services.
The blaze was contained to about two-tenths of an acre, and damage was limited to the vegetation. No buildings were threatened.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but there were signs of human activity in the area.
Firefighters were supported by representatives of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the Summit County Ambulance Service, the U.S. Forest Service and Keystone Resort.
As crews were mopping up the embers, a second call of an unattended campfire in another part of the county was reported.
“Even though we’ve had an uncharacteristically wet, green summer and our wildfire danger has remained at low, we want everyone to remember to practice fire safety,” said Lake Dillon Fire Chief Jeff Berino. “That means fully extinguishing any campfire by dousing it, stirring the ashes, and dousing it some more until it is literally cool to the touch.”