North Routt firefighters stay busy during July 4th holiday period |

North Routt firefighters stay busy during July 4th holiday period

North Routt Fire Protection District volunteer firefighters hoping to enjoy the July Fourth holiday period have instead been inundated with calls.

The department has 15 volunteers and paid chief Mike Swinsick.

They started getting busy Saturday, when the Mill Creek wildfire broke out on the other side of the mountains in West Routt’s fire district.

North Routt helped with the fire and brought six firefighters.

“We got an initial size up for part of the fire,” Swinsick said.

North Routt firefighters were again busy with the holiday crowds Sunday, which is something they try to prepare for.

“Everyone comes to North Routt to recreate,” Swinsick said. “We’ve been spread thin and running a lot of calls.”

On Sunday, they helped with the rescue of an older man with medical issues who hiked Hahn’s Peak and needed help getting down.

The man was flown out by Classic Air Medical.

Firefighters also responded to a utility trailer that caught fire on Routt County Road 52E.

According to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, cases of fireworks caught fire, and a man was severely burned.

Additionally, there was a rollover on Routt County Road 129.

Swinsick did not believe anyone was injured.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.


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