Breckenridge wildfire contained |

Breckenridge wildfire contained

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SUMMIT COUNTY – A fire that began near the Mount Quandary trailhead late Wednesday morning consumed about a quarter-acre before it was contained.

“A gentleman was hiking – he said he witnessed a lightning strike, but we do not have a cause of the fire at the moment, officially,” said Kim Scott, spokeswoman for the Red, White and Blue Fire District.

She said there were no injuries, and no structures were in danger as flames reached as high as 6 feet and a few 10-15-foot tall trees were “totally torched out.”

Five firefighters and three U.S. Forest Service personnel were on the scene about a quarter mile up some steep terrain from the command post 300 yards west of County Road 851.

“We were able to go up there and actually attack the fire so it wouldn’t spread,” Scott said, adding that the elevation was about 11,000 feet.

The burnt area included heavy blown-down timber and mountain pine-beetle kill, “so there were a bunch of trees on the ground,” Scott said.

About 40 trees were cut to help contain the fire. Firefighters also dug a perimeter around it.

She said the Forest Service put a look-out person on Quandary’s summit to watch the fire. Weather readings were taken every 15 minutes to monitor wind gusts and the potential for the fire to spread.

She said this is the first fire on national forest land to which the RWB Fire District has responded this year.

Scott said that despite the rainy spring, “It’s sure dry up there right now.”

“It (wildfire) does happen in our area, and people need to be vigilant about it and take proper precautions,” she said.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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