Burning bee boxes create Basalt buzz
December 2, 2009
BASALT – Basalt firefighters extinguished a blaze that threatened three structures Tuesday evening after a burning pile of old bee boxes got out of hand, authorities said.
A small pile of bee hive boxes was being burned at 481 W. Sopris Creek Road when a larger pile of wooden boxes ignited, according to Basalt Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Peetz. The parties burning the boxes were at the scene and called authorities for help at 5:30 p.m. The first responder was on scene at 5:38 p.m. and reported heavy smoke and flames. Peetz said it initially appeared that the three outbuildings were on fire but he soon learned the blaze was on open ground between the structures.
The flames from the larger wood pile spread to the exterior of one of the structures. Basalt firefighters saved the structure and doused the wood pile fire. There was a potential for flames to spread to grass and vegetation on a nearby hillside, Peetz said. The firefighters were in “mop-up” mode within 20 minutes of responding.
“I’ve got to credit the volunteers for a quick response and a quick knockdown,” Peetz said.
The fire department responded with two engines, two water supply trucks, four support vehicles and 23 volunteers. They were assisted by Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies.