Wildfire near Lake Dillon grows to 30 acres; crews gain upper hand

Posted at 5:02 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 19:46:52-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – A wildfire burning near Lake Dillon grew to 30 acres, but firefighters were getting the upper hand Tuesday.

The wildfire was sparked by a power line Monday afternoon on Tenderfoot Mountain outside of Dillon. 

Fueled by beetle kill trees, the blaze has made it challenging for crews.

“The beetle kill trees are very unstable, and our firefighters have to be wary of trees coming down on them,” said Lake Dillon Fire Chief Jeff Berino.

No evacuations have been ordered, and no homes were immediately threatened, however, area residents are concerned.

“I watch it. I’m feeling a little bit better just because it seems to be going up the hill and not down the hill and into the east,” said area resident Becky Hage.

The fire is burning on the mountain between U.S. Highway 6 and Tenderfoot Trail. Smoke could be seen along I-70 throughout the afternoon Monday.