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Farmer’s Korner fire looks human caused

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Brad Odekirk/Summit DailyThe cause of Monday's Farmer's Korner fire is still under investigation, however preliminary findings have indicated the fire to be human caused. U.S. Forest Service and local fire investigators will continue to investigate.

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Local and State fire districts and U.S. Forest Service are mopping up and performing clean-up from the Ophir Mountain Fire on Monday and urge the public to avoid the area of the fire for the remainder of the year.

“The Forest Service is actively addressing the danger of falling trees within the burn area. However we are asking the public to stay out of the burn area for the foreseeable future due to the many hazards left behind from a wildfire,” said Rick Newton, Dillon District Ranger.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however preliminary findings have indicated the fire to be human caused. U.S. Forest Service and local fire investigators will continue to investigate.

The land ownership where the fire occurred is a mix between private and U.S. Forest Service. The current residents and homeowners in the area are asking that their privacy be respected and that the general public please avoid the area all together.

Summit County’s wildfire mitigation officer, Patti Maguire, is working with the homeowners affected by the recent wildfire, the fire districts, and city and county agencies to address long term effects of the beetle kill area. Anyone interested in learning more about what they can do to help at their own homes is asked to contact their fire department or the forest service for educational materials.

The local fire districts and U.S. Forest Service will be releasing some engines and personnel from the scene today, but will leave a squad and engine to patrol the area until they determine they are no longer needed.

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GPS mapping shows the total burn area to be 16.14 acres.

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