Firefighters Battle Structure And Forest Fire
At 8:32 p.m. on October 6, 2011 the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department was paged to 2730 Cedarcliff Drive for a structure fire.
When the first fire units arrived they reported the structure fully involved, with fire spreading to the surrounding forest. Further reports from the Estes Park Ambulance, who were also paged, confirmed that no one was in the house. Firefighters began protecting the surrounding forest and a house down wind that was being impacted by flying embers. Once a water supply was established they began attacking the fire.
Due to the intensity of the fire and the damage to the house firefighters were unable to make entry and fought the fire from the outside. Firefighters were hampered in their efforts by 50 mph winds and freezing temperatures.
Mutual Aid was provided by the Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department, Big Thompson Volunteer Fire Department, and the Allenspark Volunteer Fire Department in the form of water tenders and the Pinewood Springs Volunteer Fire Department staffed the fire station for any other emergencies.
Firefighters remained on scene until 2 a.m. on October 11; after that time an engine and a water tender remained to monitor and extinguish flare ups. A small crew of firefighters remained for final extinguishment until 4:30 p.m.
Damage to the house was extensive, with a complete collapse of most of the structure. Due to the amount of damage the cause is currently undetermined and investigations are ongoing.