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  • Tree catches fire in Mount Falcon Park

     A tree burned in Mount Falcon Park on Wednesday evening after lightning struck it.

    It did not take long to put out — Indian Hills Fire Chief Emery Carson estimated about 15 minutes — but it did take some time to locate because it had just gotten dark. Carson said his team searched for the fire for more than an hour.

    Indian Hills Fire Rescue responded with Jeffco Open Space assisting in the search.

  • Small wildland fire in Bergen Peak Wilderness contained

    Firefighters have 100 percent contained a small wildland fire Thursday, which burned one-tenth of an acre in Bergen Peak Wilderness.

    Fourteen Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighters have been working the scene, as well as the U.S. Forest Service, which brought in a helicopter to perform 10 water bucket drops.

    EFR said it will be monitoring the area overnight and Friday.

  • Viking Fire in Conifer 100 percent contained

    A small wildfire that ignited in Conifer Thursday afternoon is 100 percent contained.

    The Viking Fire, which was reported at 3:15 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Pleasant Park Road and Silver Bear Road, burned slightly more than a half acre after a lightning strike.

    Jacob Ware, deputy fire chief at Elk Creek Fire, said that firefighters hiked in from biking and hiking trails to access the fire, which was burning in an area filled with dead and downed trees. Ware said crew members are expected to remain on site throughout Friday to continue mop-up efforts.

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  • Read, between the lines

    Becoming an author may be destiny when your last name is Read.

    That’s certainly the case for 9-year-old Rachel Read, a voracious reader with a wild imagination. The soon-to-be fifth-grader at Parmalee Elementary School recently published a book called “Hidden Fate: Book One (Fallen Spirit),” which is available for purchase on Amazon.

  • Sprinkler systems may soon be required in new Indian Hills homes

    The Indian Hills fire board is considering requiring new homes to install sprinkler systems.

    In its current form, the board resolution requires new homes or construction exceeding 1,500 square feet to install in-home sprinkler systems that adhere to the National Fire Protection Association’s standards. However, the board chose to table its decision at its May 30 meeting after it became clear there was more to consider before making a decision.

  • Inter-Canyon approves purchase of new truck

    The Inter-Canyon Fire board approved the purchase of a $276,000 tactical tender truck during its May 31 meeting.

    “Within our district, we have only two small areas that have hydrants, and so that means that in the majority of our fires, we have to use water tenders to truck that water in,” said Dan Hatlestad, spokesman for the fire protection district.

    Tenders typically carry 2,400 gallons of water, while the average home would take 30,000 gallons of water to put out when fully involved, Hatlestad said.

  • Indian Market and Pow Wow returns to The Fort

    As the warm June sun beat down on the grounds of The Fort in Morrison, several men put on regalia embellished with beads, bells, eagle feathers and many colors.

    Soon, they would gather for the grand entry at the Tesoro Cultural Center’s 18th annual Indian Market and Pow Wow, but not before taking a moment to appreciate their culture.

  • Morrison approves rezoning of Red Rocks Ranch

    After nearly two months of public hearings and discussion, the Morrison Town Board on May 31 unanimously approved rezoning Red Rocks Ranch and subsequently voted to disconnect the property from within its jurisdiction.

    The decision marks a big win for many Morrison residents who see the disconnection as a means of upholding the town’s longtime goal to “Keep Morrison, Morrison.” Furthermore, several Morrison board members said they are relieved to complete the process, citing sleepless nights due to a tough decision.