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.
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.READ MORE: Drawing Down The Blue Mesa To Help The Dry West
The team responded to its first fire last week as the Straight Creek Fire ignited near Dillon.READ MORE: 'He Is The Face Of Cheyenne Frontier Days': Garth Brooks Remembers Chris LeDoux Before Taking Stage
“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.MORE NEWS: Search For 3 Missing After Larimer County Flooding To Resume Saturday
The new truck is one of four in the area.