Lightning sparks small Hunter Creek fire |

Lightning sparks small Hunter Creek fire

Staff report

A small fire probably caused by lightning charred about a quarter of an acre in the Hunter Creek Valley on Thursday morning, officials said.

Two hikers in the valley reported the fire around 9:30 a.m., as did an off-duty Aspen volunteer firefighter, said Alex Burchetta, director of operations for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The fire occurred north of the 10th Mountain Bridge and was located on and around a tree near Hunter Creek, he said.

Rick Balantine, chief of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department, said lightning rolled through the area Wednesday night and likely sparked the blaze. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control after a couple of hours, he said.

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