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Summit County crews assigned to regional fires

Summit County crews are helping out on several wildfires in the region.

Dry lighting still triggering small fires on Colorado Western Slope

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Firefighters have been able to contain a number of lightning-caused wildfires on the Western Slope of Colorado, including the Wrigley Fire and the Long Mesa Fire, burning in the BLM’s Black Canyon Wilderness area.

Elsewhere on the Western Slope, crews are still responding to reports of smoke and smaller fires, scattered primarily over the west and central zones, as thunderstorms continue to spark small blazes in dry fuel.

Suppression work on the Long Mesa Fire advanced using ground crews and helicopter assistance for logistics and some “bucket drops” of water. Better visibility and more accurate mapping capabilities reduced the affected area for this fire to 150 acres. Three crews continue to work on the fire in rough, rugged and remote terrain. Continue reading

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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

Family escapes house fire in Breckenridge

A photo from the Red, White & Blue fire department shows the damage to a home on American Way, the Peka 7 neighborhood near Breckenridge.

Cause of early morning blaze still under investigation; firefighters work all night to douse the flames

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Fire officials in Breckenridge are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a home and spread to the adjacent hillside in the Peak 7 neighborhood early Saturday morning.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at about 2:15 a.m. to find heavy smoke and flames engulfing part of the house on American Way.

“This family is extremely lucky considering the rapid spread and intensity of this fire”, said Battalion Chief Paul Kuhn. Continue reading

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