Contributed Denver firefighters work to extinguish a fire in an outbuilding on Executive Circle on Tuesday.
A controlled burn blazed out of control this week on the county’s eastern end, damaging an outbuilding at a neighboring property, firefighters said.
Denver Fire Department first responded to the site at 7100 block of Executive Circle just before 1 p.m. Tuesday with mutual aid from Pumpkin Center and East Lincoln fire crews, according to Denver’s Public Information Officer Dion Burleson.
While firefighters were able to control and extinguish flames at the scene within 10 minutes of arrival, the fire had already wreaked havoc, destroying an outbuilding and all of its contents and moderately damaging a pickup truck parked at the residence, an agency press release said.
The vehicle belonged to a friend of the resident who started the controlled burn, Burleson noted.
The friend had responded to the scene to aid in getting property out of the outbuilding before flames consumed it, yet weather conditions quickly escalated the situation.
“The wind kicked it up and blew it (fire) across the yard,” Burleson said.
Flames additionally burned segments of grass at both the outbuilding property and a second neighboring yard, according to Denver Fire Department.
The Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the scene and no injuries were reported.
Firefighters warned area residents about the possibility for fires in spite of soggy, saturated ground created by last week’s heavy snowfall.
“Outside fires could still quickly get out of control on breezy days with low humidity,” Denver fire officials stated in the release. “Exercise extreme caution if you will be burning yard debris.”
Firefighters encouraged individuals to not burn items during windy weather and to wait until conditions prove “more favorable and safe.”