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Firefighters rush to snuff midvalley wildfire

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

BASALT – Firefighters from Carbondale and Basalt scrambled Monday afternoon to snuff a wildfire before it had a chance to spread.

The two departments were called to the 17000 block of Old Highway 82 on the Eagle-Garfield county line at 1:30 p.m. for the report of a fire out of control. People at the property burned brush, and the fire spread to the surrounding area, including some large, downed cottonwood trees.

First responders reported that natural barriers hemmed in the fire – the Roaring Fork River bounded the property on one side, and an irrigation ditch and green vegetation provided other good fire breaks. People at the property also formed a bucket brigade to dump water on the fire.

Firefighters drew water from the irrigation ditch to put out the smoldering logs and other burning vegetation. The fire was limited to about one-half acre, according to a report from the site to the communications center. Firefighters cleared the scene at about 3 p.m. They put out the fire before the winds came up later in the afternoon.

A burn ban is in effect throughout the fire districts of the Roaring Fork Valley. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for western Colorado from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Forecasters say they expect gusty winds and low humidity. Fire risk is elevated because of dry fuels and unseasonably high temperatures.

The following are other fire and rescue calls that the Basalt Fire Department responded to from May 28 through Sunday.

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May 28 at 9:47 a.m.: Dispatched to Basalt Avenue for a small fuel spill. The hazard was mitigated.

May 28 at 10:33 a.m.: Dispatched to Emma West Road for a carbon monoxide detector that was activated due to a malfunction.

May 28 at 3 p.m.: Responded to Hillcrest Drive for a person complaining of abdominal pain. The patient was transported to the hospital.

May 28 at 8:36 p.m.: Responded to the Phillips trailers for a person experiencing pain. The person was evaluated and released.

May 29 at 9:15 a.m.: Responded to Highway 82 for a person complaining of chest pain. The patient was transported to the hospital.

Wednesday at 2:42 a.m.: Responded to Emma Spur for a medical problem. The person was evaluated and released.

Wednesday at 12:06 p.m.: Dispatched to Willits Lane for a citizen assist.

Wednesday at 5:25 p.m.: Responded to 26808 Highway 82 for a minor vehicle accident. No injuries or transport.

Wednesday at 5:39 p.m.: Dispatched to Basalt Mountain but canceled en route.

Thursday at 7:43 a.m.: Responded to 19500 Highway 82 for a five-vehicle accident. Two patients were transported to the hospital.

Thursday at 10:10 a.m.: Responded to Lazy Glen Mobile Home Park for a seizure. The patient was transported to the hospital.

Thursday at 6:46 p.m.: Dispatched to Cottonwood Drive for an electrical problem. The hazard was mitigated.

Friday at 1:10 a.m.: Responded to Lava Hill Drive for a diabetic episode. The person was evaluated and released.

Friday at 9 a.m.: Dispatched to Shield O Road for a sprinkler activation. A plumber was working on the system.

Friday at 11:30 p.m.: Dispatched for a mutual aid request for the Carbondale Fire Department but canceled en route.

Saturday at 1:05 a.m.: Responded to Emma Road for an intoxicated person. The person was evaluated and released to the Eagle County sheriff.

Saturday at 12:03 p.m.: Dispatched to intercept a private vehicle going to the hospital with an injured person. No contact was made.

Saturday at 3:07 p.m.: A person walked into the El Jebel fire station with an injury. The patient was treated and released.

Sunday at 11:18 a.m.: Responded to Lakeside Drive for a person feeling dizzy. The patient was evaluated and released.

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