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Wildfire threatened home near Stagecoach

— Firefighters were able to stop a wildfire from reaching nearby homes Thursday east of Stagecoach.

A contractor working in the area of Routt County Road 16 called the Oak Creek Fire Protection District about 1:30 p.m. to report seeing smoke.

Oak Creek, Yampa and U.S. Forest Service firefighters responded to the Green Ridge Ranch.

Last week, when there was still snow on the ground, the ranch burned some slash piles. Oak Creek Chief Chuck Wisecup suspects an ember still burning a week later blew into the grass and started the fire.

The fire burned about five acres and got within 100 yards of a home.

“There were a couple tense moments when some of the trees started to torch,” Wisecup said.

The fire burned in an area where dead trees had been logged a few years ago.

To keep Routt County Communications from being overwhelmed, Wisecup had an emergency alert sent to nearby residents.

“I figured as soon as people started seeing smoke, I knew they would start calling 911,” Wisecup said.

Firefighters returned Friday morning to check on the fire, and they found one stump smoldering.

“I’m pretty sure it’s out,” Wisecup said.

The fire serves as a reminder that fire season is not over yet.

Wisecup said the latest wildfire he could recall occurring in the area was on Oct. 29, 1999.

The burn that led to Thursday’s fire was permitted. Wisecup wanted to remind residents to obtain a permit before burning.

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


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