By Danielle Chavira

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Wildfire dangers is elevated across Colorado’s high country. Summit County created a new wildland fire unit to help manage the increased threat.

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The county says it pulled three regular duty wildland fire experts to join the team in a new truck. They will work on wildfire mitigation efforts and education in the Summit County area as well as fight fires.

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The team responded to its first fire last week as the Straight Creek Fire ignited near Dillon.

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“Well we went from low to high in a very short amount of time. All of our fuels are very dry, and one of the fuel types actually set a record low,” said Kyle Iseminger, a wildfire specialist.

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The new truck is one of four in the area.

Danielle Chavira