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Lake Dillon firefighters extinguish first wildfire of the season

Lake Dillon Firefighters extinguished a small wildfire on the northwest shore of Lake Dillon Reservoir Wednesday evening.
Courtesy of the Lake Dillon Fire Department |

Among the snowdrifts and cold weather, Lake Dillon firefighters worked to extinguish a small wildfire on the northwest shore of Dillon Reservoir late Wednesday. The unwelcome surprise may signal an early start to fire season, as snowpack reaches unseasonably low levels this month.

“We had 2 inches of snow in the morning,” Lake Dillon Fire deputy chief Jeff Berino said in a statement. “I’m amazed that it burned, but it just shows what can happen even at this time of year.”

The fire started near Giberson Bay, taking six firefighters nearly 45 minutes to extinguish. They managed to confine the blaze to a 1/10th of an acre as it burned across felled trees and brush. No culprit was identified for sparking the fire.

“We as a community need to be prepared for wildfires at any time,” Berino said.

His team began wildfire training early this year, following the warm, dry weather in March and early April. Despite the winter storm that struck Summit County shortly after the burn, Berino encourages residents to prepare for fire season.

Lake Dillon Fire is currently offering free property reviews in order to make sure residential spaces are defensible in the case of a wildfire. Property owners may call (970) 262-5209, or find more information at http://www.ldfr.org.


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