Wildfire near Hot Sulphur Springs traced to lightning

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— The Sylvan Fire south of Hot Sulphur Springs was still contained to 1 acre as of late Wednesday, and the cause of the fire was traced to a days-old lightning strike.

About half a dozen Grand County-based U.S. Forest Service firefighters were battling the wildfire, which is 7.5 miles south of Hot Sulphur Springs.

The helicopter based out of Fort Collins that was called to fight the fire Wednesday never made it to the site because of high winds on the Front Range, Forest Service public affairs specialist Reid Armstrong said. The fire is burning sporadically in an area with a high proportion of dead timber, she added.

The fire first was reported at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Armstrong said personnel on the ground traced the fire to a tree that was struck by lightning.

The most recent recorded lightning strikes in the area occurred May 18, she said.

The fire is being referred to as the Sylvan Fire because of its proximity to Sylvan Reservoir, near the junction of the Muddy Creek and Timber Creek roads. The area is east of Grand County Road 34, which leaves C.R. 3 near Williams Fork Reservoir.

Firefighters from Hot Sulphur Springs and the Bureau of Land Management were involved in the initial response to the fire.

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