Latest News – July 11
** Leadville Lodgepole Fire UPDATE @ 2 p.m.
Lake County Emergency Manager Mike McHargue reported that the Lodgepole Fire was determined to be at 100% containment as of 10:30 a.m. today – July 11.
The situation is in mop-up operations and resources will be released as appropriate. The investigation is complete: indeterminate cause.
It’s also a good reminder to sign up for the Emergency Alert system for Lake County: HERE
Local Fire, Emergency Crews Have Busy Weekend
Leadville and Lake County Emergency responders had a busy weekend between the Lodgepole Fire south of Leadville, a three-car accident on Highway 91 north of Leadville Sunday evening, and a structure fire right in town yesterday.
Incident command officials for the Lodgepole Fire report the fire’s status remains at 60% containment with several agencies on the ground monitoring activity and battling certain strongholds of the blaze. On Sunday, July 10 several hot spots flared up making neighbors in the area a bit nervous to see smoke again. However those incidents were within the perimeter of the affected area and the size of the Lodgepole Fire has NOT grown according to officials.
On Sunday, July 10 as visitors were headed out of town and locals were returning home, Highway 91 between Leadville and Copper Mountain was closed for hours due to a head-on collision at Mile Marker 6 near the snow mobile operations north of town. According to Colorado State Trooper Tim Sutherland there was one fatality and two people who sustained serious bodily injury in the three car accident. As of 6 a.m. this morning the identities of the victims have not been publicly disclosed at this time.
The accident resulted in the closure of Highway 91 for several hours, forcing travelers to back track and come in the long way via I-70 and Highway 24 through Minturn.
There was no catching their breath as local emergency responders then had a structure fire to deal with at 613 Elm Street which was reported at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. According to Lake County Public Information Officer Laurel McHargue, the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, although neighbors in the area reported hearing an explosion. There were no injuries as a result of the fire and no visual sign of structural damage to the outside of the building.