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Fire crews fully contained a three-acre wildfire that threatened homes on Odin Drive north of Silt Tuesday evening.The fire was one of several sparked by dozens of lightning strikes in the Silt area, said Brit McLin, chief of the Burning Mountains Fire Department. Crews also responded to what were believed to be single-tree fires in Gibson Gulch in the East Divide Creek area and Halls Gulch off County Road 324, both south of Silt.Also, McLin said a Bureau of Land Management crew was being sent up to a single-tree fire on top of a ridge on the Grand Hogback just above the Odin Drive fire.The fire calls probably began to come in sometime after 7 p.m., McLin said. “It’s one of our typical July fire season deals,” McLin said of Tuesday night’s lightning storm. “We went from 184 calls (for the year) last Thursday to 199 at present.”The storm was accompanied by rain in some areas.McLin said all of the department’s brush units and most of its water tenders, totaling about 10 vehicles in all, responded to calls. The department kept structure and rescue vehicles on reserve in case of other calls.
Seven people hit by lightning outside Marble were in separate groups Monday and had met a quarter of the way up Arkansas Mountain near Lead King Basin.When they stopped to rest, lightning struck a tree and traveled into 15-year-old Brock Neville, who was leaning against the tree. Neville, of Colwich, Kan., was in intensive care Tuesday at Valley View Hospital. Rescuers performing CPR revived him twice before he appeared to recover and he was able to talk to rescuers, a Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office statement says.”Residual electricity dispersed throughout the nearby ground, and all other party members suffered, to various extents, the effects,” the news release says.The other hikers, who were not seriously hurt, were two children from Denver, ages 5 and 9; Charlie Wooldridge, age unknown, and Maria Wooldridge, 45, both of Denver; Chad Mohr, 31, of Wichita, Kan.; and Jaclyn Snyder, 24, of Cheney, Kan.Snyder was treated in Marble for burns to both legs. The six hikers were treated at the hospital and released. Neville was in serious but stable condition Tuesday. A dog that was with the hikers died.On Sunday south of Marble, authorities responded to a death from a separate incident.The victim, identified as Kelley Duff, 50, apparently suffered a heart attack on Yule Pass. He lived in Texas and had a seasonal home in Marble.- from staff reports
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