December 26, 2016
Public Information Unit, 303-441-1500
High winds cause multiple issues across Boulder County
A small grass fire west of Hygiene was reignited and downed trees blocked off access to the Sans Souci Mobile Home Park near Eldorado Springs
Boulder County, Colo. - The high winds across Boulder County this afternoon resulted in multiple reports of downed trees, downed powerlines, and other significant wind-related issues across the county.
At 1:15 p.m. sheriff's deputies and members of the Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District were dispatched to the Sans Souci Mobile Home Park at 1561 S. Foothills Highway near Eldorado Springs on a large tree that had blown over. When emergency personnel arrived they found a large diameter tree -- estimated to be approximately three feet -- that had fallen across the common driveway access to the mobile home park, landing on a car parked nearby. In addition the large tree numerous smaller trees fell, some striking the walls of mobile homes in the park.
At least one large power line was down as a result of the fallen tree. The tree cannot be removed until Xcel Energy is available to respond to terminate the downed power line. Due to numerous other power outages across the metro area, Xcel Energy has been unable to provide an estimated time frame for their crews to respond.
Rocky Mountain FD firefighters attempted to contact each resident in the mobile home park to ask them to shelter in place, be cautious of other potentially unstable trees, and advise there is no vehicle access into or out of the park. Residents who were not home at the time of the fallen tree are allowed to park along S. Foothills Highway until vehicle access to the park can be restored. A photo of downed trees at the park taken by an on-scene deputy is included below (note: the glow in the photograph is from a street light, not a fire).
Just before 1:20 p.m., deputies and firefighters were dispatched to a grass fire in the 5200 block of Hygiene Road. Firefighters determined a property owner in the area had burned a slash pile yesterday, but thought it was fully extinguished. The fire reignited this morning around 9 a.m., but was quickly extinguished by the property owner. When the high winds started this afternoon the slash pile again reignited and quickly caught a manure pile nearby on fire.
Firefighters from the Hygiene, Lyons, Mountain View, Lefthand, and Big Elk Meadows fire protection districts were able to contain the grass fire. No structures were damaged as a result of the fire, and the fire was estimated to be a total of 5-7 acres. Firefighters from the Hygiene Fire Protection District will remain on-scene overnight to ensure the smoldering manure pile does not reignite again.
The case number associated with the damage at the Sans Souci Mobile Home Park is 16-7829 and the case number associated with the grass fire is 16-7828.
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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner
Public Information Officer