Forest Service helicopter douses chance of wildfire eruption

Brush smolders, but no flames

By Lynn Volkens

Smoke was sighted in the South Beaver Creek Road area at about 11:30 on the morning of Wednesday, July 10, 2013. According to the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office, a Forest Service helicopter was called in immediately to help determine the exact location of the fire. It turned out to be an area approximately ten feet square situated in rocky terrain above Wheeler Subdivision. As firefighters hiked to the site, the Forest Service sent their helicopter for water. The Sheriff’s Office reported fourteen water drops on the small fire, which was determined to be smoldering brush that had not yet erupted into flame. Lightning was the suspected cause. By 3:15 that afternoon, the fire was considered fully contained. As a precaution, a crew remained to monitor the area throughout the night.

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