Lighting ignites tree in Edwards |

Lighting ignites tree in Edwards

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado – Firefighters from the Eagle River Fire Protection District and the U.S. Forest Service responded to a lightning strike that ignited a single tree Monday in Edwards. The fire was located about 500 yards north of Beard Creek Road about midway between the Cordillera Valley Club and the Shaw Cancer Center, in a thick stand of Juniper. Firefighters hiked into the area and felled the tree after cutting a fire break around the area. The operation took about three hours. Fire crews were aided by light rain that accompanied the lightning. The fire was located on Bureau of Land Management land.

Chief Charles Moore asked that area residents be vigilant over the next week to 10 days and watch for any smoke.

“It is not uncommon to have a tree hit by lightning, only to have a fire break out several days later,” Moore said.

The storm that came through the valley Monday touched off a number of fires, including one south of Cordillera. That fire was suppressed by smoke jumpers from the U.S. Forest Service.

On Tuesday, firefighters were allowing a small fire near the Deep Creek Trail near Gypsum to burn. The fire was about a quarter of an acre in size and was not spreading, said Kim Miller of the Bureau of Land Management.

Support Local Journalism