Wildfires, Vehicle and S&R Calls Dominate Sunday Evening

Alarm: Wildfire Alarm: Vehicle Alarm: Search & Rescue Alarm: Wildfire
Alarm Time: 15:04 Alarm Time: 15:45 Alarm Time: 16:15 Alarm Time: 17:45
Fire Out: 21:50 Alarm Out: 16:23 Fire Out: 19:30
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-July 23, 2018-As the weekend was winding down for most folks,
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue (SSFR) was revving up Sunday evening, July 22, 2018, with four calls
dispatched over the course of two and half hours including two wildfires, a vehicle roll-over and a search &
rescue call.
“Even with the recent rain, conditions remain very dry and incidents can escalate quickly,” said Fire Chief Mel
Stewart. “Fortunately with the cooperation of our fire partners in West Routt, North Routt, Oak Creek and the
BLM, we were able to jump on the wildfires quickly and keep them from growing, while also responding to two
other calls for assistance.”
At 3:04pm, SSFR was dispatched to a wildland fire at 30255 Highway 131 with six (of eight) on-duty staff and
several off duty personnel. In addition, Oak Creek Fire Protection District sent a brush truck and tender (and
crew) to assist. Due to erratic winds, the wildfire grew quickly to around five acres; however, SSFR was able
to contain the fire around 5:30pm. Crews were able to save a barn and protect several homes, but the fire
burned a couple of out buildings. Crews remained on scene until 9:50 pm putting out hot spots. The fire was
started by a bee keeper using a smoker to attend his hives and an ember fell from the smoker into the grass.
At 3:45PM SSFR was dispatched to a roll-over car accident on Clubhouse Drive. The on-duty ambulance
responded and was assisted by the three Steamboat Springs Police officers, the on-call SSFR chief and three
off-duty SSFR staff from home, bringing an engine. One patient was transported to YVMC.
When the second call came in, West Routt Fire Protection District was requested and responded with an
ambulance to provide ambulance back up coverage as all of SSFR resources where assigned to calls. West
Routt sent an ambulance with two crew members from Hayden, which staged at the downtown station. Just
after their arrival at approximately 4:15pm, Routt County Search & Rescue requested an ambulance to Dry
Lake Camp Ground for an injured mountain biker. West Routt’s ambulance responded and handled the call as
the SSFR ambulance was still busy at the Clubhouse Drive incident. West Routt Fire continued to stay in
Steamboat and provided coverage until approximately 9:00pm.
At 5:45pm, SSFR was dispatched to a Wildland Fire at 43098 County Rd 44. Three off-duty SSFR members
with a fire engine and a water tender, plus two on-duty members in the ambulance, in addition to the on-call
fire chief responded. North Routt Fire Protection District responded to a request for assistance with three
firefighters in a brush truck and the Routt County Emergency manager was on site. A BLM Montana Wildland
three-person crew with a brush truck, which was in Steamboat, were requested and responded. The fire was
contained around 7:30pm and burned approximately five acres. No structures were burned and the fire was
contained to an area of grass and sage brush. It is believed that a lightning strike started the fire.
SSFR would like to thank Oak Creek Fire Protection District, Steamboat Springs Police, West Routt Fire
Protection District, North Routt Fire Protection District, Bureau of Land Management Montana crew and Routt
County Office of Emergency Management for their valuable assistance.


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