Colorado firefighters have had their hands full in the past week. A massive forest fire made its way through West Fork and claimed almost 76,000 acres of land, aided by high winds and extremely dry weather conditions; now, a wildfire in Jefferson County has finally been contained after one home was destroyed. Luckily, no injuries have been reported, because officials believe fireworks may have started the blaze.
“Talking with the homeowners they’ve indicated that there were fireworks in the area … it will be part of our investigation,” said Jefferson County Sheriff spokesperson Jackie Kelly.
The West Fork fires were started by three separate lightning strikes; the fires merged together to cover about 150 miles worth of land. Many residents have been evacuated as helicopters vie for a good spot to close in for air support, but the high winds are making it difficult. It’s been a good learning opportunity for some who were called in to help, however; several Honolulu firefighters are shadowing fire managers in the area to learn how to control long-range fires.
The West Fork fires are the largest in recorded history in that area.