Lightning starts wildfire outside of Aspen |

Lightning starts wildfire outside of Aspen

ASPEN – A fire crew responded to a fire sparked by a lightning strike late Thursday afternoon about five miles south of Aspen.

The fire was reported to authorities around 4 p.m., according to Aspen Deputy Fire Chief Rick Balentine. A crew from the Aspen Fire Department responded to the scene about a quarter-mile from Castle Creek Road near the intersection with Conundrum Creek Road. The crew contained the fire in about three hours, Balentine said.

Despite recent monsoon rains in the Aspen area and the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to lift some fire restrictions in the White River National Forest Friday, Balentine said wildfire danger in the area remains very high.

“The vegetation and trees are still extremely dry,” he said.

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