Multiple firefighters sustained injuries that required hospitalization during a fight with a blaze on Colorado's Front Range.
North Metro Fire reports that three firefighters were transported to a local hospital after fighting a grass fire that sparked around 3:30 PM on Wednesday at Mountain View Egg Farm Open Space near Lafayette, Colorado. Though the blaze, estimated at 10 acres, was extinguished within an hour, the fight was enough to send three team members to the hospital and damage two fire engines.
Few details are known regarding the extent of the injuries, but they were said to be minor.
The latest on the three firefighters transported to the hospital is that they are still undergoing tests but are in good condition and expected to be released from the hospital this evening. Thanks for all the concern and well wishes for our firefighters.— North Metro Fire (@NMFirePIO) August 12, 2020
According to 9NEWS, the fire is believed to have been started by a Boulder County Open Space employee using equipment that malfunctioned.
Find a video from the scene below.
Multiple fires burn around the state of Colorado, with the two most problematic being the Pine Gulch Fire and the Grizzly Creek Fire. The Pine Gulch Fire has surpassed 60,000 acres, making it the 6th largest fire the state has seen in recorded history. The Grizzly Creek Fire continues to keep a large stretch of I-70 closed with little containment.
Fire danger is very high around Colorado. Know the local rules before sparking a flame as many fire restrictions and bans are in place.