Afternoon thunderstorm ignites three small brush fires near Eagle |

Afternoon thunderstorm ignites three small brush fires near Eagle

Pam Boyd

EAGLE — A thunderstorm that rumbled through western Eagle County on Thursday afternoon ignited three single-tree brush fires, according to Tom Wagenlander of the Greater Eagle Fire Department.

“These all happened within a 15-minute time period,” Wagenlander said. “They were all small, quickly contained fires.”

The most visible of the three fires was located just above Ringneck in The Terrace subdivision in Eagle. Eagle fire crews were called to the scene around 2 p.m. and extinguished the fire, containing it to a single, burning tree.

The second fire, which also involved a single tree, was sighted above the Eagle Baptist Church on U.S. Highway 6 between Eagle and Gypsum. Brush fire crews from the Gypsum Fire Department and Eagle River Fire Protection District were sent in to extinguish the fire.

Finally, a Multi Mission Aircraft from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control was in the Eagle County area at the time of the Thursday afternoon squall and the aircraft located a third single-tree fire north of Interstate 70 in the Cotton Creek area. Federal firefighting crews were dispatched to that area.

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