Keystone employee housing evacuated for wildfire |

Keystone employee housing evacuated for wildfire

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue firefighters, assisted by firefighters from Copper Mountain Fire and Red, White & Blue Fire of Breckenridge extinguish a small wildfire in Keystone on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. The blaze was limited to two-tenths of an acre and appears to be human-caused.
Courtesy Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue |

Keystone Resort evacuated its employee housing Sunday after local firefighters responded to small blaze off Highway 6.

Lake Dillon Fire Rescue firefighters responded to the wildfire between the highway and 155 Tennis Club Road after it was reported at about 1:15 p.m. With the help of Copper Mountain Fire and Red and White & Blue Fire of Breckenridge, 11 firefighters contained the blaze to two-tenths of an acre by 2 p.m.

The fire was burning in grass, sage and a stand of aspen near several of the resort’s employee housing buildings, but no buildings were threatened and damage was limited to vegetation.

At 1:45 p.m. Lake Dillon Fire sent an emergency message to emails and phones through SC Alert, the county’s alert system, about slow-and-go traffic nearby because of smoke and reduced visibility.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Lake Dillon Fire chief Jeff Berino believes it was human-caused.

As crews mopped 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,” Berino said. “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.”

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.

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