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Firefighters Quickly Contain 5-Acre Wildfire Near Silverthorne

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(credit: Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

(credit: Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (CBS4) – Quick action from firefighters kept a small wildfire from spreading near Silverthorne.

A tree fell onto a power line starting the fire Monday afternoon.

(credit: Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

(credit: Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

About 25 firefighters contained the blaze to 5 acres.

The fire was reported burning in shrubs and dead aspen on a hillside on the Mount Powell Ranch about 10 miles north of Silverthorne along Colorado 9. It was reported at about 4:15 p.m. and crews had a handle on it by 7 p.m.

Several fire departments were on hand to fight the blaze.

“Even though it’s early in the season, we take an all-hands-on-deck approach,” Summit County Sheriff John Minor said in a statement. “We aren’t taking any chances.”

“Fire season is here,” said Lake Dillon Fire Chief Dave Parmley. “We all need to begin that mindset of preparation and awareness, and don’t let the heavy snow of this past winter mislead you into thinking it’s going to be an uneventful summer when it comes to wildfire.”  

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but appears to be accidental, according Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue.

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