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BASALT – The Basalt Fire Department is warning people to properly dispose of their ashes from fireplaces and wood stoves after two small wildfires flared up out of ash piles during Christmas week.
Never place ashes on a deck, next to any structure or dump them in an area with dry grass of leaves, the department said in a statement. Use an approved metal container with a lid for ash disposal.
Ashes can remain hot even after two days. Any amount of wind can reignite embers and spread them to other fuels. People think that fires won’t ignite because it’s winter, but the grasses are extremely dry right now, Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Peetz said, and the forecast is for sunny skies and mild temperatures through this week.
Two fires started up Fryingpan Valley last week when ashes were placed on open lands, Peetz said. One small fire started in tall grasses in the Seven Castles area. The other burned about a quarter of an acre up a hillside off Strawberry Lane, according to Peetz. Firefighters extinguished both before they spread.
ASPEN – U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton nominated Nicholas Belinski of Snowmass Village for both the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Belinski is a senior at Aspen High School. He has applications pending with both service academies. If both accept him, he must choose which to enter. A congressional nomination is necessary to get into the service academies.
Tipton nominated 28 students from Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District for the service academies. He said in a statement that he called and spoke to each of the nominees.
“I am proud to say that these nominees are truly the best of the best. They have done and will continue to do our local communities, state and country proud, and all undoubtedly have the ability to excel in our Service Academies and in our Armed Forces,” Tipton said.
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