Vail Daily letter: Thanks for response |

Vail Daily letter: Thanks for response

Dave Parmley
Chief, Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue
Vail, CO Colorado

The firefighters, officers and board of directors at the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District owe many thanks to the terrific agencies and their crews who responded on June 2 to control and ultimately extinguish the wildfire at the base of Keystone Gulch without any injuries or loss of structures.

Although it may be viewed in hindsight as a relatively small fire at less than 17 acres, the risk this wildfire posed cannot be overstated. Extinguishing it and preserving property required a quick, decisive effort and wholehearted cooperation from myriad local, state and federal agencies.

Among those organizations we would like to thank are the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management crews and all of our neighboring mutual-aid fire departments from Summit and Eagle counties (Red White and Blue, Copper Mountain, Eagle River, Upper Eagle Valley, Vail, Gypsum and Basalt). Equally valuable were the suppression, dispatch, evacuation and traffic-control efforts provided by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Summit County Communications, the Silverthorne Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol, the Juniper Valley fire crew and the expertise of the federal Type III incident management team that took over management of the fire at the end of the day on June 3.

Last but not least, Keystone Resort’s cooperation and logistical support were outstanding with food provided to the firefighters, establishing a base camp near the Keystone Stables and in making available the Mountain House base area to serve as the incident command post as well as the food-service facility for the fire.

The occurrence of wildfire or

other major incidents makes one clearly realize and appreciate the value of building cooperative and productive working relationships without concern for boundaries, focusing instead on working together as one team to achieve the common goal.

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