When crews arrived, Skyline Fire involved about 5 acres at the northeast edge of Horsetooth Reservoir across County Rd. 23. Firefighters attacked the fire as the command center requested additional resources. Battalion Chief Maccarini created a strategy to cut off the fire as it tried to move farther north and east. Additional resources included a helicopter, which dropped buckets of water and a small plane which dropped fire retardant along a section of the perimeter. The fire was contained by around 4 p.m., no people were harmed and no structures were involved. Responders monitored the area through the night.
Twenty-eight responders spent Friday ‘cold trailing’ which means they walked the entire perimeter of the burned area feeling for hot spots to further contain and extinguish. Crews continued to visit and monitor the area throughout the weekend and called the fire out Sunday, Sept. 8. This wildland fire, like many, required a robust set of resources and strong partnerships between several agencies.
Other responding agencies included: Larimer County Emergency Services and Fire Rescue, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. Forest Service.
Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control was on scene and also provided the aerial images shown here.