Quick response saves homes in 30-acre fire

Berthoud-fire-on-JulyBy Surveyor Staff

A fire sparked by a welder burned roughly 30 acres near the Sedona Hills community west of Berthoud on July 22. The fire caused evacuations of more than a half dozen homes for most of the day. But due to a collaborative effort from several area emergency crews, the blaze was contained quickly and with only minor damage to one outbuilding, according to an online post from the Berthoud Fire Protection District.

Residents of about half a dozen homes were forced to evacuate as the blaze came within yards of at least one home near Carter Lake. While a handful of homes were threatened, only one structure sustained minor cosmetic damage, according to the BFPD Facebook post.

Berthoud crews were aided by Loveland, Front Range, Longmont, Mountain View, Poudre, and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services.

“We are so lucky to have so much talented help and so impressed every time these agencies join together to do such strong work,” the post read.

Authorities believe the grass fire was started as a resident was welding a fence nearby when a spark ignited dry grass.