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Possible fire in Lenado

ASPEN – Aircraft likely will be dispatched this morning to check the validity of a report of a wildfire in the Triangle Peak area of Lenado, officials said Thursday night.

A Snowmass Village resident reported sometime after 8 p.m. Thursday the sighting of a “strike with a plume,” Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said.

Deputies sent to the area saw no signs of a wildfire, DiSalvo said.



Aspen Fire Chief Willard Clapper also said a lighting strike was believed to be the cause of reported flames in the Lenado area.

Federal officials in Grand Junction Friday will assess whether a fly-over over is needed, Clapper said.



Pitkin County, meanwhile, has hired an aircraft to fly over the Lenado area Friday morning.

DiSalvo said that pilots and passengers on a United flight from Denver to Aspen also joined in the effort, and reported seeing no signs of a wildfire.

“It flew over the area of Triangle Peak in Lenado, and they said they couldn’t see anything, which made me feel a whole lot better tonight,” the sheriff said Thursday.

Meanwhile, Thursday evening saw steady blasts of thunder and lightning coupled with heavy downpours, the most precipitation in the Aspen area for the month of June.


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