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Basalt fire department calls

Staff report

Crews from the Basalt Fire Department and Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit mopped up a small wildland fire on the lower slopes of Basalt Mountain on Thursday.

The fire was spotted Wednesday afternoon on a ridge near the Wilds residences.

"It was a lightning strike from the night before," said Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson.

A solitary tree was on fire, but it potentially could have spread to a nearby stand of trees, Thompson said. The Lucksinger Spring, a source of Basalt's water, also is in the area.

"We definitely wanted to get after it," he said.

Seven Basalt firefighters and a team of three from the federal agencies cut a trench to create a firebreak around the tree Wednesday night. Five Basalt firefighters and four from the federal agencies returned Thursday to strip the bark and cut up the tree and make sure no embers survived, Thompson said. The teams were finished around 2:30 p.m.

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The following are other fire calls the Basalt Fire Department responded to between Aug. 20 and 25.

Aug. 20 at 7:13 p.m. — Responded to a medical call in Basalt for a patient with symptoms of an allergic reaction. She refused transport to the hospital.

Aug. 20 at 10:30 p.m. — Mutual-aid medical call to Missouri Heights. Carbondale Ambulance made contact with the patient and released the Basalt crew.

Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. — Responded to a medical call in Basalt for a 50-year-old woman experiencing chest pains. She was transported to Valley View Hospital.

Aug. 21 at 1:12 a.m. — Responded to a medical call in El Jebel for a 60-year-old woman with pain on her left side. She refused transport to a hospital.

Aug. 22 at 12:55 p.m. — Responded to a medical call in Emma for a woman who fell and broke her hip. She was transported to Valley View Hospital.

Aug. 23 at 12:15 p.m. — Responded to a medical call in Old Snowmass for a woman who fell. She was transported to Valley View Hospital.

Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. — Responded to a report of smoke on East Sopris Creek Road. No fire was found.

Aug. 23 at 5:33 p.m. — Responded to the Crown for an off-road-vehicle accident. A man drove off the road on a four-wheeler and fell between 200 and 300 feet. Medical personnel stabilized the man and returned him to the road using a low-angle rescue. He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction by helicopter.

Aug. 24 — Responded to a mutual-aid call with Carbondale in the midvalley for a woman who fell and broke her hip. A Basalt crew took her to Valley View Hospital.

Aug. 24 — Responded to a call by the Basalt Police Department to evaluate a person. The party refused transport to a hospital.

Aug. 24 — Responded to a report of smoke in the Missouri Heights area. A crew found a party with a campfire in a firepit. No hazard was found.

Aug. 24 — Responded to a report of a fire in Basalt. The fire was in a container and was legal, so no action was necessary.

Aug. 25 — Responded to a medical call in Willits for a 3-year-old with difficulty breathing. The patient was transported to Valley View Hospital.

Aug. 25 — Responded to a medical call in Basalt for a woman with abdominal pain. She was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital.

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