Breaking news: Basalt Mountain wildfire contained
August 4, 2009
BASALT – A fast-moving wildfire on Basalt Mountain was attacked swiftly Tuesday afternoon and is now completely contained, according to a brief alert from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The alert was issued at 3:43 p.m.
The fire is no longer advancing, according to a brief alert from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Normal traffic was allowed to resume by 5 p.m., the office noted in a later alert.
One Basalt resident reported watching two helicopters dumping water on the brush fire, which was threatening multiple homes, according to the sheriff’s office. She told The Aspen Times she received a reverse-911 call directing her to evacuate her Cedar Drive residence.
A business on Midland Avenue, Basalt’s main downtown street, also reported receiving a 911-reverse call and an employee there said downtown businesses had begun shutting down.
Authorities called for the evacuation of Basalt Mountain, Midland Avenue, Sopris Drive and Ridge Road. Sopris and Ridge are both streets in the “Hill District” of Basalt, on the north side of town, on the lower slopes of Basalt Mountain. The Cedar Drive resident said the fire appeared to be between Cedar Drive and Ridge Road.
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Basalt, Aspen and Carbondale firefighters were called to the scene at about 2:30 p.m. Another Basalt resident said flames were visible on the hillside shortly after the call went out, but were no longer visible by shortly after 3 p.m.