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Summit County: Fire department merger on hold

Local firefighters teamed up in March 2012 to quell an early season wildfire along Montezuma Road, near Keystone Resort, in Summit County, Colorado. Bob Berwyn photo.

Local firefighters teamed up in March 2012 to quell an early season wildfire along Montezuma Road, near Keystone Resort, in Summit County, Colorado. Bob Berwyn photo.

Potential consolidation stymied by organizational differences

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A potential merger of the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District and the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District is on hold pending resolution of “numerous complexities” the organizations encountered while exploring the concept of consolidating the two fire-fighting agencies.

The two departments talked about the merger for a year, but obstacles such as differences in accreditation, major capital needs and structural organization have required both departments to step back and resume independent – but cooperative – operations.

“Merging these two organizations has proven to be very difficult, and, unfortunately, we have many issues that we have not been able to resolve,” said Jerry “Doc” Peterson, president of the LDFPD Board. “Both departments remain committed to serving our shared community in a professional, efficient manner, providing excellent, seamless emergency response.” Continue reading

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Breckenridge firefighters quell Barton Road blaze

A piece of logging machinery caught fire near Breckenridge, but firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before they spread to nearby forest lands. Photo courtesy Red, White & Blue Fire District.

Logging equipment destroyed in fire

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Observant neighbors and a quick response by local firefighters Wednesday helped prevent a potential wildfire near Breckenridge.

According to the Red, White & Blue Fire District, firefighters were called to a possible wildland fire in the area just above Barton Road and Airport Road in Breckenridge.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a piece of heavy equipment used for logging fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters made a quick attack to knock down the fire preventing it from spreading into nearby trees.

A total of seven firefighters worked to extinguish the fire.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a mechanical failure in the engine compartment.  The machine was a total loss and valued at $150,000.

“The quick action of the community seeing smoke and calling 911 helped prevent this fire from spreading,” said deputy chief Jay Nelson. “Our firefighters were able to begin containing and extinguishing this fire before it could spread to the nearby trees and thick pine duff” he said.

Colorado just experienced its worst fire season ever, with deadly blazes along the Front Range destroying several hundred homes. Nationally, wildfires have burned across almost 9 million acres, the most since 2006.

 

Summit County resident saves home, dogs from fire

Quick thinking, smoke detectors and a well-placed garden hose help Mesa Cortina resident exinguish threatening blaze

Marcus Mathieu Mirazo used a garden hose to put out a threatening kitchen fire at his Mesa Cortina home. PHOTO BY LAKE DILLON FIRE-RESCUE.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A quick-thinking Mesa Cortina resident used a garden hose Tuesday to extinguish a kitchen fire that threatened to destroy his home at 041 King’s Court.

Marcus Mathieu Mirazo said the beeping of a neighbor’s smoke detector woke him up Tuesday afternoon while he was napping between jobs. When he walked outside to investigate, he noticed smoke pouring from the upstairs eaves.

Mirazo quickly hooked up a garden hose and started spraying the flames that had started slipping out the cracking the kitchen window. He hauled the hose up an external stairway, broke up a door window with a rock and hosed down the rolling flames that by that time had nearly engulfed the small kitchen. Continue reading

Morning photo: Red!

The royal color

Red paintbrush near Loveland Pass, Colorado.

SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s amazing what a splotch of red can do for a photo or a painting. I suppose it’s no accident that diverse things like lipstick, fast cars and warning signs are all done in various shakes of this richest of colors.  After posting a yellow-themed photoblog a while back, I knew that red would be the next color, and even without scrolling through the archives, I knew I would have plenty to choose from. Sometimes it can dominate a scene, like in the poppy blossom below; other times, it’s just a tiny spot, just enough to accent the rest of the image.

Fiery poppies.

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Fire destroys unoccupied home in Keystone neighborhood

A long-exposure photograph from Lake Dillon Fire shows flames streaking into the sky during a house fire in the Old Keystone neighborhood.

Faulty heating appliance suspected in Nov. 1 blaze

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A Keystone-area home valued at more than $2 million burned to a total loss in a stubborn house fire Monday night.

Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to adjacent homes in the Old Keystone subdivision, but the unoccupied house at Soda Ridge Road in the Old Keystone subdivision was fully ablaze when neighbors called 9-1-1 at 7:47 p.m., and flames from the log-beam interior had begun burning through the roof. Continue reading

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