Fire near I-70 in Frisco |

Fire near I-70 in Frisco

Rory MoultonSummit County CorrespondentVail, CO Colorado
Mark Watson/Special to the DailyFirefighters from three agencies team up to contain a 1.5 acre fire near the Meadow Creek Fire Saturday.

FRISCO, Colorado A wildfire is burning at the Meadow Creek trail in Frisco near the Interstate-70 roundabout.Five fire agencies, including one local USFS, one Red, White & Blue, two Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and two Grand Junction crews responded to the scene.The 1 1/2-acre fire began late Saturday afternoon about 1/4 mile up the Meadow Creek trail. Billowing smoke could be seen from across Frisco. The intensity of the fire surprised responders who watched it burn through Aspens and green cheatgrass. Luckily, it did not spread into stands of beetle-killed lodgepole pines.It was 60 percent contained as of nightfall. The crews had assistance from a Rifle-based federal helicopter that is equipped with a 100-gallon bucket. It was diverted while en route to another wildfire in the Idaho Springs area. With the landowners permission, the helicopter used water from the nearby Giberson Ranch pond to douse the flames.Kudos to everyone involved, especially the Sheriffs Office who sent one member to the fire line. It was a well-coordinated effort, said Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Jeff Berino.A group of firefighters, called a spike camp, remained to monitor the fire overnight Saturday. At daybreak, they will attempt to totally contain it by placing a water pump in Meadow Creek and hosing down the fire.The fire was almost certainly human caused, said Berino, who noted a preponderance of old campfire rings in the vicinity of the fire.Smoke will continue to be visible throughout the morning today.

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