A backcountry snowboarder was caught in an avalanche and killed on Thursday, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
Officials said the snowboarder was buried in about seven feet of snow just southeast of Trout Lake and about five miles southwest of Ophir.
Telluride Helitrax, a local helicopter-skiing and snowboarding guide service, was guiding the area when they noticed a large avalanche. Two guides were dropped in the debris field, received a signal and located the snowboarder with a transceiver search, according to CAIC.
The snowboarder will be identified at a later date by the San Miguel Coroner’s Office.
This is the fifth person to die in an avalanche in Colorado this season, according to CAIC.
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Fire Under Control Near Fountain Creek Park
Update 11:12 a.m.
Firefighters put out a wildland fire early Thursday in the Fountain area, officials said.
The blaze was reported about 3:45 a.m. on the east side of Fountain Creek and south of Duckwood Park, Fountain police said in news release. Crews from fire departments in Security, Stratmoor Hills, Fort Carson and Hanover responded to heavy smoke and flames.
The fire was about a mile west of Colorado 85.
“The mild weather conditions this morning made it easier for fire crews to get this fire under control quickly,” police said.
The fire burned less than an acre before it was fully contained, officials said. As of Thursday morning, officials said the area is being monitored and might take several hours before the scene is cleared.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but officials said a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon might have ignited it.
Update 11 a.m.: The fire is 100% contained and burned less than one acre. No structures were threatened and no reported injuries.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, officials think it possibly started from a lightning strike due to later afternoon storms on Wednesday.
Fountain fire department battled a wildland fire near Fountain Creek Regional Park Thursday morning, Fountain police said.
The fire ignited around 3:30 a.m. between Hwy 85 and Comanche Village Drive and crews managed to get the fire under control, police said.
Containment was 50% as of 7 a.m. but police did not give any estimates of the fire’s size.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, police said.
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911 Lines Down in Fremont and Custer Counties, Officials Say
Fremont and Custer counties have been without 911 services since Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
According to the Fremont County Emergency Management, the lines have been down since 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. The public is asked to not call 911 “to test or check your phone.”
Calls will be be routed to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, officials said. From there, they will be transferred back to Fremont County dispatchers.
This is a developing story. Check with gazette.com for updates.
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