A fire north of the Roaring Fork Valley is getting lots of attention. The Beaver Creek Fire is near the Wyoming border and the town of Walden. Firefighters from Carbondale and Aspen are hoping to help put the blaze out. Crews from Aspen and Carbondale left Wednesday and Thursday after receiving a call for assistance.
Federal firefighting money usually pays for such trips, which provide valuable training for local firefighters, as well as extra funds for their departments.
Aspen sent three firefighters and an engine on Wednesday and were signed up for night duty. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District planned on sending at least one crew Thursday morning.
Both departments last sent firefighters to help outside the Roaring Fork Valley in August 2015.
Glenwood Springs doesn’t plan to send firefighters to join the effort to put out the Beaver Creek fire. Snowmass Village and Basalt fire departments said Wednesday that they didn’t have enough staff they could spare for the next two weeks.