Fire crews putting out hot spots in Talcott Fire

Talcott Fire
Firefighter working on mopping up hot spots in the Talcott Fire / Christina Dawidowicz -- FOX21 News

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. — Fire crews say the cause of the Talcott Fire burning southwest of the Rampart Reservoir was sparked by someone shooting in the area.

They add fuel reduction work proved to be very beneficial during the fire.

“A white smoke that started meant that it was burning in fine fuels, not in heavy timber,” said Larry Helmerick, public information officer for the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire started Monday afternoon around 1:15 in an area that was treated during the Waldo Canyon Fire.

It remains at 50 percent contained, burning near Rampart Range Road in Woodland Park.

“It started in a very well thinned populated area where the timber had been reduced and it didn’t carry the fire, it didn’t become a crown fire and it allowed our fire fighters to get in there and put it out quickly,” Helmerick said.

Fire crews say multiple agencies were nearby working on other projects, but it allowed for a quick response to the fire and get it contained quickly.

Crews spent Tuesday mopping up hot spots of the fire, ensuring it was put out.

“People need to understand that we’re in an extended drought. It’s very dry, it’s going to be dry until we get some moisture and there’s none in the future and you just need to be careful out there,” Helmerick said.

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