Lake Dillon firefighters quickly extinguish threatening brush fire |

Lake Dillon firefighters quickly extinguish threatening brush fire


SILVERTHORNE – Lake Dillon firefighters and quick-thinking residents quashed a small grass-and-brush fire Monday afternoon that threatened several homes in Silverthorne and may have started when a backyard campfire was improperly extinguished.

“This demonstrates just how quickly the season is changing, and even though you may still have some snow still on the ground, we’re very vulnerable to a fast-moving fire getting developed,” said Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue Chief Dave Parmley.

The fire, which remains under investigation, is suspected to have started when swirling winds fanned embers left from a weekend fire in the Arctic Placer neighborhood, and it easily could have run up the hillside on the west side of Silverthorne and into the White River National Forest.

Two LDFR engine crews quickly took over firefighting for neighbors, who were using garden hoses to stave off the flames burning through the grass and willows. The fire burned about a half-acre and caused minimal property damage.

As the warmer summer months approach, fire officials want to remind residents and visitors alike to make sure that their campfires are fully extinguished before leaving them unattended. The proper practice is to douse a fire pit and surrounding area with water, stir the embers and douse it again, ensuring that the coals are cool to the touch.

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