Reported Flat Tops fire likely caused by lightning

Garfield County crews expected to search today for site south of Yamcolo Reservoir

Reported smoke near Flat Tops Wilderness


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A fire reported in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area on Monday afternoon was likely the result of a single-tree lightning strike, Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said.

Garfield County crews were expected to hike into the wilderness area today, south of the Yamcolo Reservoir in Routt National Forest, to check on the fire.

The smoke was reported at 4:30 p.m. Monday. At the time, fire crews from Yampa Fire Protection District and the U.S. Forest Service were unable to locate the source of the smoke.

Tuesday morning, Lee Duerksen, visitor information officer for the Forest Service's Yampa Ranger District, said at least one engine crew continued looking for the fire.

Struble said he had not heard any more on the fire Tuesday. Calls to Garfield County Emergency Management and the Forest Service were not returned as of Tuesday afternoon.

Call logs from the Routt County dispatch center indicate that Yampa Fire Protection District and Forest Service crews looked for the fire for about an hour and 15 minutes Monday night, as well.

-To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

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