Wildfire breaks out on Keystone Mountain, risk of spread 'low'

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Posted at 4:07 PM, May 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-08 12:53:55-04

DENVER — Crews from the U.S. Forest Service responded to a wildfire burning near Keystone Ski Resort in Keystone Gulch.

The fire was first reported Saturday. It's burning in an area where a controlled burn took place Friday, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said high winds Saturday rekindled some of the piles that crews from the White River National Forest had burned in Keystone Gulch Wednesday and Thursday.

The new fire is within the original burn area and covered around 25 acres of the 39-acre controlled burn scar, according to the Forest Service public affairs office.

The area near the fire is snow-covered and the risk of spread is low, according to a release from the Forest Service.

Three engines and about 20 firefighters are on-scene to ensure the perimeter is secure. Smoke may continue to be seen over the next several days.