Firefighters contain Slaughter Gulch Fire |

Firefighters contain Slaughter Gulch Fire

Amanda Holt MillerWestern Garfield County Staff

Firefighters were still working on the Slaughter Gulch fire, about three miles northeast of Silt, Sunday night, though the blaze was contained.Lightning caused the fire, which broke out on Bureau of Land Management land around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Three homes were evacuated and 22 others were potentially threatened.The fire behavior was extreme Saturday night. It jumped a dirt road and scorched the front of a brush truck, melting the headlights. About five minutes later, it started to rain.”The rain made the difference,” said Hal Coombs, the incident commander.By Sunday morning at 9:30, the fire was contained and people who had been evacuated were allowed to return to their homes, said Sue Froeschle, the Slaughter Gulch fire information officer for Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management.The fire burned more than 16 acres before Sunday morning. About 60 firefighters worked Sunday night to ensure the fire would not spread.”The crew is mostly mopping up and checking hot spots,” Froeschle said.Hot spots are places where the fire could ignite again and spread. Trees that are smoldering inside are typical hot spots, Froeschle said. She explained that firefighters tackle hot spots by dousing them with water or using a chainsaw to cut smoldering trees into small pieces in order to extinguish them.

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