A fire grew to 9 acres before officials were able to contain it in the area of Gross Reservoir near Nederland on Thursday. As more details regarding the blaze have been released, so has information about its origin.
According to the Forest Service, the blaze started to spread when fire moved from slash piles to nearby vegetation amid windy, hot, and dry conditions. The slash piles were being monitored at the time as part of a prescribed burn program, which allowed authorities to respond quickly to the scene.
The spread resulted in the prescribed fire becoming larger than anticipated, but no human life or structures were threatened. The burning of the slash piles is part of a larger burn project meant to help improve the health of the local forest.