Summit sends crews to Deckers |

Summit sends crews to Deckers

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SUMMIT COUNTY – Four local fire departments sent firefighters and vehicles Thursday to fight a growing Deckers wildfire.

A total of 12 firefighters left Summit County about 1 p.m. Thursday to help contain the wildfire, which had grown to 5,000 acres. Red, White and Blue Fire Protection district sent two wildland engines, Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue sent a third and the Snake River department pitched in a water tanker.

According to Red, White and Blue public information officer Kim O’Brien, the crews could be back in a day or tow, or not for six weeks.

“They ask us to make a two-week commitment when they call us out,” O’Brien said. “You can only work 14 days before you have to have two days off. But there’s no telling how long it could take.”

The fire was 20 percent contained and received rain Thursday night. The blaze is believed to have been started by lightning. It has destroyed 13 structures, including summer homes and youth camp buildings. The Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed Thursday to cover 75 percent of the firefighting costs.

Deckers is a popular fly-fishing destination on the South Platte River.

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