Power line problems due to wind storms in Colorado

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By journalsofus.com

The Moose Fire between Estes Park and Lyons closed Highway 36 for a period Saturday night.

LYONS, Colo. — Fire crews around the Denver metro and Front Range stayed busy Saturday and Sunday as a powerful wind storm spread throughout the region.

The winds snapped tree branches, toppled trees and downed power lines. At least one fire was directly caused by a downed line around the border between Boulder and Larimer counties, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

The agency first reported the Moose Fire shortly after 9:15 p.m. Saturday in the area of ​​US 36 and Big Meadows Road between Lyons and Estes Park near Pinewood Springs.

The fire was contained to less than an acre, the USFS said. Images sent by the Forest Service show a pine tree toppled over power and communication lines.

Metro firefighters were also busy dealing with fallen trees.

In Edgewater, 9NEWS anchor Jordan Chavez’s home was damaged by a fire that started when a fallen branch took down the house’s power line in the backyard. Nobody was hurt.

Power lines were taken offline due to winds causing increased wildfire risk in Boulder, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Douglas and Broomfield counties, as well as the western Denver metro area along the foothills. Xcel Energy preemptively cut power to about 55,000 customers.

RELATED: Power restoration could last until Monday or longer after more than 150,000 customers were affected by high winds and Xcel power outages.

In the hills around Evergreen, fire and rescue crews were busy checking out calls for snapped trees and power poles and other electrical hazards. In a call to the 6600 block of Bluebell Lane, Evergreen Fire said reactivated power lines ignited a small fire that was quickly extinguished.

A 50-foot by 50-foot smoldering fire was also reported along Dreher Drive after sparks flew from power lines, Evergreen Fire said.



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