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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-April 5, 2022-Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue (SSFR), Steamboat Springs Police Department (SSPD) and Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) responded in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 5, to an electrical fire caused by a tree falling on a powerline.
“While an isolated incident, you can see how something like this can impact an entire neighborhood,” commented Fire Chief Chuck Cerasoli. “We’re glad this incident was isolated to a small area and did not spread throughout the park.”
Firefighters arrived on scene to find a downed tree crossing powerlines, which caused cracking, popping, and flying embers. Engine 61 worked to quickly secure the scene that was localized to the area immediately around the pole and adjacent lines. However, firefighters were unable to address the immediate impact zone due to the proximity to live powerlines The burning tree limb remained smoldering and emitting fire embers that were traveling quite a distance due to the heavy winds until YVEA arrived and disconnected power. Shortly after that, crews dealt with the smoldering tree and monitored the area for additional activity.
Electricity was turned off to 70 to 100 residences and approximately 15 trailers were excavated while YVEA worked to restore power. A temporary shelter was set up at the Community Center for residents. Integrated Communities showed up before sunrise to provide translation services and lend support during the incident. Residents were allowed to return to their homes around 8am Tuesday morning.
SSFR cleared the area shortly before 8:00am and crews were back in service at 9:15am. YVEA remained on site working to reestablish power to the effected homes in the complex.
As a reminder, spring in the mountains brings a variety of weather conditions including high, strong winds and rapidly changing temperatures. Anytime you see downed power lines. please stay away and call 911 immediately.
ContactChuck Cerasoli, Fire Chief, 970.879.7170, or email Travis Wilkinson, Deputy Fire Chief, 970.879.7170 or emailMichael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email