SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — A wildfire was reported Saturday afternoon on the back side of Keystone.
The fire was in the area where a controlled burn took place on Friday, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, which tweeted about the fire just after 3:30 p.m.
“The high winds this afternoon rekindled some of the piles that crews from the White River National Forest had burned in Keystone Gulch Wednesday and Thursday,” U.S. Forest Service spokesperson David Boyd said in a news release. “They burned approximately 1,500 slash piles during those two days as part of an important fuel reduction effort.”
The burning on Saturday stayed within the original burn area, covering about 20-25 acres of the 39-acre pile burn unit, according to the news release.
“It has spread on the ground between piles through the residual slash, which is the small branches left over from the fuel reduction work that are too little to effectively stack in the piles,” Boyd said.
“Much” of the area around the fire is still covered in snow, so officials estimated the risk of it spreading “is low.”
Three engines and about 20 firefighters were on scene to secure the fire scene. Smoke may continue to be visible over the next few days.
The Front Range reached record-breaking heat on Saturday, and with dry conditions, fire danger was expected to be high in the coming days.
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