The reason: That warm, dry winter was hard on our forests.
The smoke hovering over our area into the weekend was actually from blazes in Arizona and New Mexico, but southern Colorado could be the next hot spot. In fact, firefighters are already battling a 42-acre blaze near Eleven Mile Reservoir in Park County. That fire, thought to be human-caused, is 50 percent contained — a blessing considering this is the same area that had such high winds recently that the fishing boat owned by former mayoral candidate Mitch Christiansen and wife, Susan, capsized, leading them both to drown.
So remember Smokey's old motto: Only you can prevent forest fires. And be careful out there.
Lake George, Colo., June 6, 2011 — Firefighters are working to contain a
wildfire called the 250 Fire. The fire is estimated at 42 acres, and is 50
percent contained, it is located 4 miles north of the Eleven Mile
Reservoir, 8 miles southwest of Lake George, Colorado in Park County.
Approximately 80 firefighters are committed to the incident, including hand
crews, engines, and managers from the U.S. Forest Service and the local
Lake George Volunteer Fire Department. These include two type 1 Hotshot
crews and several engines.
The fire was first reported about 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 5, 2011. The
fire is suspected to be human caused, and it is currently under
investigation by the Park County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Forest
Service. No homes are threatened, and the fire is on the Pike National
Forest burning through ponderosa pine and grass at around 7500 feet in
The public should be cautious of fire vehicles on the roadways close to the
fire, and area residents will see smoke throughout the day.