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Grizzly Reservoir fire keeps crew busy for weekend

Aspen Times Staff Report

The U.S. Forest Service quashed a small wildfire near Grizzly Reservoir over the weekend.

The fire, which officials believe was caused by a lightning strike Friday afternoon, burned just under a half-acre in a wilderness area, said Aspen District Ranger Jim Upchurch. A four-person “attack crew” from the White River National Forest was dispatched to the fire scene Friday night after a hiker spotted smoke.

Upchurch said the crew spent the weekend containing the flames as well as watching for hot spots. The fire, which burned an area visible from the Grizzly Lake trailhead, was controlled Sunday.

“The fire was out, contained and controlled at 2 p.m. Sunday,” Upchurch said.

Though the Grizzly Reservoir fire was quickly contained, the Forest Service is still on high alert as wildfires take their toll on other parts of Colorado and the West. Upchurch said the organization has stepped up air and ground patrols to survey vulnerable wooded areas, especially when lightning has been sighted.