Basalt crew sent to fight Fort Collins blaze |

Basalt crew sent to fight Fort Collins blaze

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

BASALT – A crew of firefighters from Basalt Fire Department was called to the Fort Collins area Sunday to help fight the massive High Park blaze.

Fire chief Scott Thompson made the trip Sunday morning along with Duane Vasten and Ryan Newberry, according to Deputy Chief Jerry Peetz. They took a fire engine with them.

The Basalt crew traveled Sunday morning and was in action protecting houses by evening, according to Thompson’s wife, Jennifer Lemke, who said she spoke to him briefly Sunday night. Thompson and his crew were assigned to night operations. They are all certified wildland firefighters available on an on-call basis when federal agencies need help. The fire department will be reimbursed for use of the engine. The firefighters will be paid by the federal government for their efforts.

More than 400 firefighters were battling the High Park Fire in Larimer County by Monday afternoon. The blaze had exploded to consume 37,000 acres.

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