Steamboat Springs A small wildfire in North Routt County on Thursday is thought to have been started after tree branches touching a power line caught fire and fell to the ground, igniting the vegetation below.
The fire along County Road 58 on the west side of the Elk River near ranchland was reported at about 6 p.m.
North Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bob Reilley said nine firefighters responded, and the fire burned between a fence line and a road. The total area burned was only one-tenth of an acre.
Low snowpack, dry conditions at lower elevations and unusually warm weather prompted the Routt County Board of Commissioners to enact fire restrictions April 18. The restrictions apply to unincorporated parts of Routt County excluding federally owned lands. Under the restrictions, agricultural burns are banned as well as campfires, unless they are at designated campgrounds or recreational sites.