Thunderstorms spark fires downvalley |

Thunderstorms spark fires downvalley

Matt Zalaznick

EAGLE – Along with cooler temperatures and rain, thunderstorms Saturday evening started a few small fires in and around Eagle. The most visible was a fire among several trees on Wapiti road on the north side of I-70. About five to six trees were on fire, but were extinguished before 7 p.m. by crews from Eagle, Gypsum and the U.S. Forest Service, said Jon Asper, Greater Eagle Fire District chief.Though the fire was not considered a threat to people or property, Asper said crews cut a fire line to keep the flames from spreading. “We’ll chop down the trees that we’re on fire,” Asper said Saturday night. Downvalley fire crews were also fighting a fire among some brush and trees in the Adam’s Rib area Saturday evening, Asper said. The causes of the fires couldn’t be determined until the fires were extinguished, but Asper said they were likely causing by lightning. Scattered thunderstorms are again in the forecast for today. Vail, Colorado

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