Small wildfire reported near Meadow Creek trailhead near Frisco

Officials from Summit Fire & EMS, Summit County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Forest Service respond to a small wildfire near the Meadow Creek trailhead outside of Frisco on Sunday, July 9.
Summit Fire & EMS/Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: This page is no longer being updated. Read the article about Sunday’s fire here.

6:10 p.m. U.S. Forest Service officials said they expect the fire to be contained by this evening and plan to monitor the situation throughout Monday. Dillon District Ranger Adam Bianchi said the fire was human caused, likely from a campfire.

4:38 p.m. Officials now say it’s too early to release details on the suspected cause of the fire. (Editor’s note: This has been updated to remove the suspected cause at officials’ request.)

4:11 p.m. There are about 20 firefighters on scene, and a helicopter has been dumping water to keep the flames from spreading, Lipsher said. (Editor’s note: This has been updated to correct the number of helicopters on scene.)

4:09 p.m. Summit Fire & EMS spokesperson Steve Lipsher said officials are confident they will be able to contain the fire to less than two-tenths of an acre, which is smaller than a football field.

3:03 p.m. Summit Fire & EMS is reporting in a Facebook post that the size of the fire at about two-tenths of an acre.

2:19 p.m. Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons says the fire is burning in about one-tenth of an acre of downed aspens and that a helicopter is on the way, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

1:49 p.m. Officials are asking residents not to call 911 about the smoke and to avoid the Meadow Creek and Lilly Pad Lake trailheads, according to an emergency alert from the county.

1:45 p.m. In a text message through the county’s alert system, officials confirmed there is a small fire in the area. The text stated that there are no evacuation orders in place.

Original story:

A smoke sighting in the area of the Meadow Creek trailhead on Sunday, July 9, prompted an investigation by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Summit Fire & EMS, according to a Facebook post by the Sheriff’s Office.

The Meadow Creek trailhead, just off Interstate 70 near Frisco, was closed to traffic by law enforcement at about 1:30 p.m. A small amount of smoke could be seen in the area.

A Summit County Sheriff’s Office vehicle blocks the road to Meadow Creek trailhead while investigating a sighting of smoke in the area Sunday afternoon, July 9, 2023.
Nicole Miller/Summit Daily News
A sign for the Meadow Creek Trailhead, just off Interstate 70 near the Frisco Business Loop. Law enforcement and firefighting agencies responded Sunday, July 9, due to a smoke sighting in the area.
Nicole Miller/Summit Daily News

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