Lightning fires quickly doused |

Lightning fires quickly doused

Photo courtesy Klaus KocherA heli-tanker makes a water drop on a small fire that was sparked on BLM land above West Glenwood, one of several lightning-caused fires that were sparked by a mid-afternoon storm that passed through the area Monday.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A lightning storm that passed along the I-70 corridor this afternoon between Grand Junction and Eagle started multiple small fires on public lands, including two just outside Glenwood Springs.

All of the fires are about 1/10 of an acre in size, and quick response doused the flames before the fires had a chance to spread.

Smoke started being reported in numerous locations at 2:07 p.m., and continued to be reported throughout the afternoon, according to a Bureau of Land Management press release.

Five different fires in the Glenwood Springs area, including two that were highly visible from town, one above West Glenwood and the other on the hillside east of Glenwood above Valley View Hospital, were responded to by several smoke jumpers, several engines, air attack and a Type I helicopter.

Fire resources, including air attack, also responded to a fire at Bellyache, which is south-east of Eagle. Ground resources responded to a fire on the north flank of the Grand Mesa.

Smoke will continue to be seen along the I-70 corridor as firefighters combat these fires, according to the BLM.

No structures are currently threatened.

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