Dice Hill Fire in far northern Summit County grows to 30 acres
FRISCO — Emergency workers from Summit and Grand counties responded to a wildfire in the far northern part of Summit County on Monday afternoon.
At about 12:30 p.m., firefighters were called to Dice Hill — about 9 miles south of Kremmling on Bureau of Land Management land — after a large plume of smoke was spotted from nearby towns, including Silverthorne.
The fire was initially reported at about 10 acres but grew to about 30 acres by 4 p.m., according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. There are structures within about a quarter-mile of the fire.
No evacuation orders have been issued, though deputies encouraged several campers and others in the area to leave.
Fire crews from Grand and Summit counties are battling the blaze alongside firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management, totaling about 100 firefighters, according to a tweet from the Grand County Office of Emergency Management. On Monday afternoon, air support was provided by helicopters and two large air tankers, which dropped water and slurry surrounding the flames. Additional ground-based firefighting equipment was requested.
Grand County Fire initially established an incident command alongside Summit Fire & EMS and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Summit County Office of Emergency Management. Command has since been turned over to the U.S. Forest Service.
Stage 1 fire restrictions are in place in Grand and Summit counties as well as on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service land.
Stage 1 restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, aside from strictly regulated agricultural and slash-burn piles conducted with permits and under appropriate fire-danger conditions. Fires are allowed in permanent fire pits or grates within developed recreation sites, such as campgrounds and picnic areas. The restrictions also limit smoking outdoors.
The temperature Monday afternoon was in the mid-80s with a steady breeze gusting to about 17 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast in the area for Tuesday calls for a high of 77 degrees with 5-10 mph winds gusting as high as 16 mph. Relief is in sight Wednesday, when a 70% chance of rain is forecast.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, and residents and visitors are being asked not to call 911 to report smoke in the area.
Sky-Hi News contributed to this report.
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