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Wildland fire in Silverthorne, first of 2019 for Summit County

Deepan Dutta
Summit Daily News
A wildland fire started near Blue River Valley Ranch in Silverthorne on Saturday, April 20.
Courtesy of Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons

Fire and emergency responders have been dispatched to a wildland fire at a ranch in Silverthorne.

The fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and started on sage and grass between Blue River Valley Ranch and Angler Mountain Ranch, just east of the Blue River in northeast Silverthorne.

Summit Fire & EMS dispatched Batallion 8 and a few wildland units to the scene.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene, and reported observing a half-acre fire blowing over grassland. Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons reported that firefighters were working on the fire, and that no structures are threatened.

“If it keeps burning up it’ll probably burn into snow anyway,” FitzSimons said. “There are no structures or trees nearby, just grass and sage.”

The fire marks the opening of wildfire season in Summit County in 2019. Last year, the county fought the Buffalo Mountain Fire, which nearly destroyed the Mesa Cortina neighborhood.

The wildfire season is expected to be more tempered this summer due to a high snowpack.

This story will be updated