Lightning storm sparks fires in La Plata County
Posted at: 08/01/2012 7:04 PM
By: Liz Lastra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A lightning storm that swept through La Plata County kept fire crews busy on Tuesday night.
Photos were taken of a fire at the Bondad Landfill--just south of Durango.
“We had a lightning storm come through here. We responded to four fire calls," said fire marshal Karola Hanks. “We ended up with about 27 vehicles out."
Tim Spellman owns a lumber yard in Durango.
“Oh last night there was lightning all over the place and the night before," he said.
His business, Las Alamos Wood Products, sits just behind a fence that lightning struck.
He's happy fire crews quickly got it under control.
“Makes me feel good. Makes me feel secure," Spellman said.
Though the lightning storm is over, Hanks said they were ready to see more fires burning.
“We anticipate, as the day warms up and it gets warmer, that we will have another number of fires identified as those fires go from smoldering to actual fires," she said.
Just a KOB Eyewitness News 4 crew was leaving Durango, they spotted another fire flaring up from the storm.
Hanks said they are ready for another busy night. “We've got thunderstorms building up as we speak in the background here. They're here."
All four fires from Tuesday night are fully contained.
Crews will continue to monitor the Bondad Landfill fire because of its location.