Leadville Wildfire Contained, HMI Students Safe
The following information was released from the Lake County Office of Emergency Management regarding the wildfire that occurred near Leadville on Thursday, May 24.
A wildfire was reported near High Mountain Institute (HMI) at approx. 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. Lake County Fire Rescue, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and St. Vincent Ambulance Service were immediately paged out. Additional resources were requested and as of 5 p.m. US Forest Service and Chaffee & Summit fire crews responded along with 2 type 6 engines. The fire, originally thought to be up to 6 acres, is 1.3 acres.
Evacuated HMI students and staff will be housed off site until they can return to HMI. Several residents residing on Cty Rd. 5A were also evacuated and were later able to return to their homes. As of 6:30 Pp.m. Thursday evening, the fire was 90% contained.
Resources assisting with this fire are: Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue, Lake County Sheriff Office Deputies, St. Vincent Ambulance Service, Lake County Public Works, Summit & Chaffee fire crews and US Forest Service.
There was a strong social media engagement concerning the wildfire and High Mountain Institute posted the following message on the LCOEM Facebook Page:
High Mountain Institute At approximately 3pm this afternoon, we were made aware of a fire on the far western edge of the HMI campus. We thank the multiple local agencies that are currently responding to the situation. All HMI students and staff are uninjured and accounted for, have been evacuated to the town of Leadville, and are in good spirits. Thank you for your thoughts and support.
Lake County officials as well as representatives from the HMI school did a solid job in communicating with the community. Kudos for a job well-done! While it’s good to know everyone is safe, this incident is s stark reminder about fire safety as Lake County heads into the busy Memorial Day weekend. Be vigilant and don’t hesitate to call and report emergency situations immediately!