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October 22, 2016

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Grass fire west of Longmont is contained

A small two-acre grass fire that resulted from arcing power lines is being mopped up

Longmont, Colo. - This afternoon, just after 12:15 p.m., the Longmont Emergency Communications Center began receiving 911 calls about a small grass fire on the southeast corner of 9th Avenue and Airport Road. Fire personnel responded to the scene in the 10,800 block of Airport Road and located a power pole on fire along with the reported grass fire. The grass fire grew to an estimated two acres prior to it being contained and extinguished. Firefighters are currently mopping up remnants of the fire.

Fire personnel determined that the fire was caused by two power lines that arced in the 5,300 block of St. Vrain Road near the Boulder County Open Space & Transportation Complex. The arcing lines caused a power surge that sparked and ignited a down-line power pole in the 10,800 block of Airport Road.

It is believed that the arc between power lines was caused by a kite that had previously become tangled in one of the power lines. A portion of the tangled kite came into contact with a second line as a result of this afternoon's wind. The resulting fire was determined to be accidental and not criminal in nature.

A small power outage in the area remains, but electrical crews are working to restore power to impacted homes and businesses. The footprint of the power outage isn't currently known.

Approximately 20 firefighters from the Longmont Fire Department, Hygiene Fire Department, Mountain View Fire Department, and sheriff's fire management officials, were involved in the effort to fight the grass fire. Additionally, officers from the Longmont Police Department and Longmont Emergency Unit assisted sheriff's deputies with traffic control in the area.

The case number associated with this incident is 16-6521.

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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner
Public Information Officer