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Summit County firefighters head to Front Range

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Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue crews fighting a small wildfire near Keystone, Colorado in March, 2012.

Moderate fire danger in the high country enable local departments to lend a hand with Black Forest Fire

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — With only a moderate potential for wildfires in Summit County, local firefighters have been sent to the Front Range to help fight the destructive Black Forest Fire. The assignment could last as long as two weeks, according to a press release from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue.

The fire northeast of Colorado Springs has already destroyed about 80 to 100 homes and forced the evacuation of several thousand residents, and more homes are still at risk.

In Summit County, fire experts say wildfires are unlikely right now following a wet spring. The potential for fires is expected to creep up the next few weeks and could reach a critical level by late June, according to LDFR deputy chief Jeff Berino. Continue reading

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Breckenridge: Cooking spray explodes, causes ‘flash fire’ and injures two in Breckenridge’ Kenosha Steakhouse

Not a good place for cooking spray.

Kenosha steakhouse kitchen explosion results in evacuation of popular eatery

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —A can of cooking spray that over-heated and exploded injured two employees and resulted in the evacuation of the Kenosha Steakhouse in Breckenridge, Colorado, Wednesday evening at about 5:30 p.m.

The two employees were transported by personal vehicle to the local hospital for treatment.

According to the Red, White & Blue Fire District, firefighters were called to the scene by a reported sprinkler activation. While en route, they received further information that there had been an “explosion.” Continue reading

Summit County: A piece of 9/11 wreckage finds new meaning

Local community will gather to commemorate 10-year anniversary of terrorist attack and celebrate the spirit and memory of  firefighters, police officers and others who saved lives

Firefighter Colin Prol welds a piece of steel from the World Trade Center to be installed at the High Country Training Center as a 9/11 memorial. PHOTO COURTESY RED, WHITE & BLUE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Residents of the high country will have the opportunity to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist assault on the U.S. at a dedication and remembrance ceremony, to be held 8:30 a.m. at the High Country Training Center, where local firefighters prepare for fires and other emergencies.

A steel artifact from one of the World Trade Center towers will be enshrined as a lasting reminder of the day and a tribute to the many firefighters, police officers and others who gave their all to save as many lives as possible in the aftermath of the attack.

“We invite the public to join us in remembering all of the emergency personnel, as well as civilians, who lost their lives that day,” said Red, White & Blue Fire Chief Lori Miller. “We can continue to honor their spirits by staying focused, working hand in hand with the public and training diligently,” she said. Continue reading

Breckenridge firefighter honored by national chiefs group

Red, White & Blue Captain Ryan Roberts honored at national fire chiefs conference.

Local fire officer honored for dedication and committment

By Summit Voice

BRECKENRIDGE — Red, White & Blue Fire District Captain Ryan Roberts was recognized last week for achieving “Fire Officer” designation at the International Association of Fire Chiefs conference in Atlanta.

In a room packed with about  350 fire chiefs from around the world, Captain Roberts and four other officers from Colorado were praised by the Center for Public Safety Excellence for their dedication to their profession and the people they serve. CPSE is a non-profit organization that helps local public safety agencies around the world streamline and improve the services they provide their communities. Continue reading

Texas wildfires: Weather brings some relief

Texas Forest Service says fires have spread across 1.4 million acres

The RockHouse Fire in Texas burning in the Davis Mountains. PHOTO BY FRANK CIANCOLA VIA INCIWEB.ORG. Click on the image to see more photos from the Texas wildfires.

An April 22 map from the Texas Forest Service shows the locations of the active wildfires. Click on the image for the latest up-to-date interactive version of the map.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A cold front sweeping through parts of Texas brought cooler temperatures and more humidity, helping firefighters battling the Pk Fire Complex near Possum Kingdom Lake.

According to the April 21 Texas Forest Service incident management report a stationary cold front across central Texaas will generate some scattered showers and thunderstorms, with generally more moist conditions across much of the state.

The exception is in the west and northwest, with drier air in place and forecast gusty southwest winds up to 30 mph, along with relative humidity readings in the single digits.

Altogether, the Texas wildfires have now burned across more than 1.4 million acres. Continue reading

Fourmile Canyon firefighting costs at $4.9 million

Firefighter at Fourmile Canyon Fire near Boulder, Colorado.

A firefighters works to put out hot spots at the Fourmile Canyon Fire west of Boulder, Colorado.

Firefighters concentrating on hot spots

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Firefighters concentrated on mopping up hot spots at the Fourmile Canyon Fire Saturday after a night flight using infrared equipment helped pinpoint areas prone to flaring up, especially near structures.

The technique is commonly used at fires because it provides a quick and accurate overview. The results of Friday night’s flight showed several areas of isolated heat, but no large pockets of intense heat as were seen previously.

Morning ground patrols confirmed the information from the flight. Officials said the fire is 56 percent contained. Full containment is expected by Sept. 13. The fire started Sept. 6 and has burned within a perimeter spanning about 6.400 acres. The cost of fighting the fire so far is estimated at $4.9 million. More than 160 structures have been burned. Continue reading

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