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Lost wheel sparks fire near Green Mountain Reservoir

Robert Allen
Summit correspondent
Summit County, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado – A wildfire burned only about a tenth of an acre across Highway 9 from Green Mountain Reservoir on Thursday despite gusty winds.

Volunteers helped contain the flames before firefighters with Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and other agencies arrived.

“There was a group of motorists and campers and other passersby who were out there with shovels actually keeping the fire in check,” said fire department spokesman Steve Lipsher.

The fire began before noon across the highway from the Cow Creek Campground at mile marker 124. Recent rain showers left the vegetation fairly wet and green, which helped prevent the fire from spreading.

It started after a tractor-trailer lost a wheel, which with the brake pad created enough sparks to ignite some grass and sage, Lipsher said.

He said crews from Kremmling and the U.S. Forest Service also arrived on scene to assist with what ended up a “close call.”

“With these gusts, it could have taken off,” Lipsher said.

Thursday’s fire is one of several small wildfires across the county this year that local firefighters have quickly extinguished before they had a chance to spread.

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