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Fire off Maroon Creek Road extinguished quickly

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Andre Salvail/The Aspen Times

Aspen firefighters on Tuesday afternoon quickly put out a small brush fire just south of the Aspen Chapel next to a house near the intersection of Heather Lane and Meadowood Drive.

At 12:15 p.m., emergency dispatchers received a report of a fire that was threatening a house near the chapel, located near the Highway 82 roundabout. Fifteen firefighters and three fire engines from the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department rushed to the scene, as did personnel from the Aspen Police Department and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Police temporarily closed off access to Maroon Creek and Castle Creek roads, causing westbound and eastbound traffic to back up along the highway.

Within 10 minutes, the small brush fire was extinguished. Firefighters then began mop-up efforts, spraying the brush and trees near the house to ensure that it would not reignite.

Normal traffic flow near the roundabout was restored by 12:35 p.m., according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

“The fire was started when a homeowner disposed of hot charcoals from a grill by dumping them on his property,” the news release from Undersheriff Ron Ryan stated. “A retaining wall on the property was damaged by the fire; adjoining properties were not involved.”

Ryan later said the property owner would not be cited for causing the fire.

The Sheriff’s Office warned that all residents and visitors need to be extremely careful given the dry conditions and heightened wildfire danger locally and across the state.

“Although Pitkin County has received some precipitation over the past week, we are still in a state of drought,” the news release added. “Keep in mind that the state of Colorado has already experienced intense wildfire activity this season, and it is more important than ever for residents who live in the wildland urban interface to be prepared for wildfires.”

The Sheriff’s Office used the incident to remind residents about the Ready, Set, Go! program, a three-step process encouraging homeowners to create an action plan to get property prepared long before a fire is upon it. Visit http://www.pitkinemergency.org for more information.

asalvail@aspentimes.com


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