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Someone broke into the Cantina restaurant Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

The burglar got in through an upstairs door and damaged another door to get into the restaurant’s office. Police don’t believe anything was taken.

There are no suspects in the ongoing investigation.

With the traditionally snowiest months still on the horizon in Summit County, local firefighters are already making efforts to prevent wildfires.

Lt. Kyle Iseminger, who’s in charge of the Lake Dillon Fire Authority’s wildland fire program, said he hopes to have the department’s three wildland rigs stocked and in service by April 1 ” a task that’s normally not completed until the end of April or mid-May.

“As everyone knows, it’s pretty dry on the Front Range,” Iseminger said. “We’re getting ramped up a little bit earlier so we can be available to help out if something big breaks out down there.”

In mid-February a 1,000-acre blaze burned near Longmont ” one of 40 fires recorded in Colorado since Jan. 1, according to the Rocky Mountain News.

In Summit County, firefighters are preparing to take their yearly pack tests ” walking three miles with a 45 pound pack strapped on their backs in 46.5 minutes or less or running one-and-a-half miles with the pack in 13 minutes or less ” and wildland certification courses.

Thursday, the fire danger in the county was low, and it will be difficult to predict what sort of wildfire season the high country will have until the next two months play out, Iseminger said.

“If we get dumped on, the wildland season won’t start until later. If it keeps up like this, the really warm pattern, then we could definitely see an early fire season,” he said, adding that a lack of moisture in the spring and summer could also contribute to an active fire season.

Breckenridge’s Red, White and Blue Fire Department firefighters have had the opportunity to gain hands-on wildland experience this winter battling blazes in eastern Louisiana.

Capt. Doug Gerrald returned to Colorado on Feb. 26 following a 17-day Federal Emergency Management Agency deployment to help Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry fight wildfires.

Gerrald and two fellow Red, White and Blue firefighters fought on an initial attack team nearly every day, working to control fires as soon as they broke out.

“It’s just fire attack after fire attack, they seem nonstop,” Gerrald said.


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