The lightning-caused Lime Kiln Fire was reported on Sept. 14, 2016. The quarter-acre fire is burning in pinion-juniper woodlands on Bureau of Land Management-managed lands about 10 miles west-southwest of Crawford, Colorado. Fire officials do not expect significant fire growth potential because of the forecasted weather, but smoke will be visible in the North Fork Valley at times.
The Lime Kiln Fire is burning in an area that is difficult to access within the wilderness. Due to the current and expected fire behavior, weather and challenges of accessing the fire in the wilderness, firefighters will manage the fire using a monitor strategy. In the event the fire moves out of the wilderness or threatens private lands and Gunnison Sage-grouse habitat, firefighters will modify the strategy to include suppression as necessary.
Reducing wildfire risk is everyone's responsibility. Homeowners and communities can help firefighters by creating defensible space around homes and structures. Taking individual responsibility to reduce flammable materials around homes and communities before a fire occurs can help keep the public and firefighters safe. For more information on reducing your wildfire risk, contact the West Region Wildfire Council (www.COwildfire.org).
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.