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Progress Continues on the Tenderfoot 2 Fire, Prompting Trail Openings
Dillon, Colo. – Sept. 22, 2017 –Firefighters continue progress to suppress the 21 acre Tenderfoot 2 fire east of Dillon which has reached 85% containment. With the progress, the White River National Forest has rescinded the closure order on the Oro Grande and Tenderfoot Mountain trails. The trails are now open to the public but please stay out of the burn area above the Oro Grande Trail due to weakened trees. Expect to see firefighters in the area throughout the day.
The fire has been reduced to a Type 5 classification, the lowest intensity in the federal rating system. Snags, or hazard trees that could fall, remain a concern, and sawyers and fire crews remain to work the interior of the fire and to mitigate any hot spots. Firefighters have not found any new hot spots since yesterday but will continue gridding the burn area to check for heat today.
A 20-person Type 2 initial attack Upper Colorado River hand crew and a Type 6 engine remain to continue working on the burn area on today.
The Tenderfoot 2 fire initially was reported at approximately 5 p.m. on Monday. Upon official investigation, the fire has been determined to be caused by sparks from a blown insulator cap on a power line that subsequently ignited nearby grasses and burned upslope.
A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place around the fire to allow air operations to proceed safely. Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause aircraft to be grounded. The public is reminded that “if you fly, we can’t!”
The Upper Colorado River (UCR) Fire Management Unit is a Service First Fire program comprised of employees from the White River National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management.
The Town of Dillon was incorporated Jan. 26, 1883 at the site of a trading post and stage stop. The town has moved three times: once to be closer to the railroad and a second time to be located between three rivers: the Blue, the Ten Mile and the Snake.
The third move began in 1956 when the Denver Water Board told the townspeople they must sell their property and be out of town by 1961. The final location for the town was selected on the shore of the new reservoir, where it continues to thrive today.
The Town of Dillon is a full-service community with a year-round residential and seasonal population of 2,766. Dillon¹s beautiful location in the heart of Summit County provides an unrivaled scenic backdrop for an abundance of summer activities. Its close proximity to Summit County¹s ski areas makes it a convenient lodging choice for winter vacationers. The many condominiums and motel rooms bring the peak population to about 5,200 people.
The Dillon Town Center is home to many Summit County businesses, dining and entertainment opportunities: Dillon Reservoir, Dillon Marina offering boat rental, kayak and Stand-Up Paddle Board rentals, sailing lessons and guided sailboat tours and a seasonal lakeside bar and grill, post office, bowling alley, movie theatre and multiple parks featuring playgrounds, community spaces, ball field and hiking and biking trails.
The Dillon Ridge Market Place stores, on Highway 6, are a mix of local and national businesses offering groceries, a movie theater, restaurants, sporting goods and more.
Although Dillon has retained much of its small-town charm, it¹s definitely not sleepy.
Summer in Dillon is unrivaled for family activities, with boating in Lake Dillon, Swing and Country Dance Nights, Friday Farmers Markets and weekend concerts at the open-air Lake Dillon Amphitheatre. Enjoy the vistas, fresh air and pocket parks while enjoying the more than 25 miles of paved recreation path that circles the lake.
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