Small wildfire breaks out north of Silverthorne

7:21 p.m.: Firefighters continue to fight a small blaze that ignited on U.S. Forest Service land Saturday afternoon south of Heeney.

Summit Fire & EMS spokesperson Steve Lipsher said the fire hasn’t grown from the initial size estimate of about 2 acres, but there are still plenty of resources on scene. Lipsher said there were about 12 firefighters from three Summit Fire and Forest Service crews in addition to two single-engine air tankers and a Type 3 helicopter fighting the fire.

Lipsher said officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire, but he said crews on scene appeared to have a good handle on it.

“(There were) decent firefighting conditions,” Lipsher said. “The winds were calm; the fuel is pretty moist there.”

At around 7 p.m., Lipsher said firefighters would soon wrap up for the night, but some may remain on scene into the night to continue monitoring the blaze.

Original story:

Firefighters are working to contain a small wildfire that ignited off of Colorado Highway 9 south of Heeney Saturday afternoon, Aug. 14. The fire is not threatening any structures, and there are no evacuation orders in place, according to Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons.

The fire is burning on the east side of Highway 9 near mile marker 117, about two-thirds of the way up Ute Peak, according to Summit Fire & EMS spokesperson Steve Lipsher. It is currently about two acres large and is burning on U.S. Forest Service land.

FitzSimons said a single-engine air tanker and a helicopter were already on scene providing air support for Summit Fire and Forest Service firefighters.

“We’re responding appropriately for this fire under today’s conditions,” Lipsher said. “Fortunately we’ve had decent moisture over the past month, our fire danger is only at moderate right now, we don’t have high winds. Unfortunately, we do have unusually warm temperatures today, and that definitely contributes a little bit to fire behavior as well.

“We have a lot of factors in our favor right now, including where it is burning and the fact that there is nothing we know of in the immediate vicinity. … It’s quite a ways up the hillside.”

Officials are asking community members to not call 911 to report smoke in the area.

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