Aspen firefighters douse brush fire |

Aspen firefighters douse brush fire

ASPEN – Aspen firefighters extinguished a brush fire Wednesday afternoon on Warren Creek Lane, east of town, and Pitkin County enacted a burn ban in response to the dry conditions.

Firefighters controlled Wednesday’s fire shortly after arriving and had it extinguished within an hour, according to the county Sheriff’s Office. A caretaker had been burning brush when the fire got out of control. Authorities were called at about 4 p.m.

The fire was started as a controlled burn to clear out the spillway of a small pond on the property, but within a matter of minutes it grew beyond the control of the caretaker. Realizing the fire was beyond his control, the caretaker immediately called 911.

“This is something that normally would not be an issue,” said Deputy Parker Lathrop. “But everything is really dry right now.”

Although the fire started close to a residence, the wind kept the flames moving east, into an area of dense brush. Fire crews worked to isolate the fire to a small area before they were able to extinguish the fire completely. Fire crews checked the area several times for any remaining hot spots before clearing the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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