By Alan Gionet

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A wildfire burned in Summit County on Saturday afternoon between the landfill and shooting range. The fire was called the “Frey Gulch Fire.”

The fire burned between Keystone and Dillon. Red, White and Blue Fire assisted Lake Dillon Fire Rescue with the fire.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The fire has burned about 15-20 acres.

What caused the fire remains under investigation. A Lake Dillon Fire Rescue spokesman Steve Lipsher said they were investigating whether shooting at the range was connected to the fire’s origin. The range was open at the time.

The fire appeared to have started in brush and moved up into trees including beetle killed pines and other lodgepole pines near death from beetle kill. There’s also aspen in the area. Winds were not strong in the afternoon as crews climbed the steep slope to try to contain the fire, but the potential concerned firefighters who were trying to coordinate a helicopter drop to attack the fire and prevent its spread.

Ironically, Lipsher said, fire danger had just been dropped to “low” after snow this week. No structures are threatened and the fire would have to expand a great deal to approach any.

Summit County tweeted an update that showed a helicopter making water drops on the fire.

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Alan Gionet is anchor of the CBS4 Morning News and reports on a wide variety of issues and “Good Question” stories. He started at CBS4 in 1994. Follow Alan on Twitter @AlanGTV.


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