Lightning Blamed for Fires in Boulder, Larimer Counties
Lighting was blamed for a small fire that broke out north of Hall Ranch in Boulder County on Friday afternoon.
Sgt. Josh Bonafedes from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said the fire, which broke out near the 1600 block of Longmont Dam Road, burned less than an acre, and firefighters quickly mopped it up. Deputies who responded to the scene quickly went back into service.
Sgt. Clay Leak of the sheriff’s office said the fire burned grass and trash on private property. It threatened no structures.
Lightning also was blamed on two fires in the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority jurisdiction on Friday, including one that required calling an aerial tanker to drop flame retardant on the blaze. That fire, according to Loveland Fire Rescue Operations Chief Greg Ward, was reported at about 2:30 p.m. in the Redstone area north of Masonville. The fire burned nearly an acre.
Shortly after 3 p.m. another fire was reported northwest of Carter Lake near the Flatiron Penstocks. The crew on the air tanker that responded to the earlier fire notified fire crews on the ground that the blaze had spread to four acres. Ward expected the fire to be mopped up by 8 p.m. Friday.
Ward said that as a result of the day’s lightning storms — and the lightning that might happen Friday night — a state multi-mission aircraft would patrol the skies of Northern Colorado on Saturday to detect any lightning-sparked fires that were not visible Friday.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms on Saturday that decreases to a 30 percent chance in the evening. Thunder storms are possible into Tuesday.
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