Lodgepole fire near #Leadville update via Leadville Today

Leadville Today

Fire Strikes Up on “Pipeline” Road North of Twin Lakes

Residents of Leadville and Twin Lakes are relieved to be waking up to blue skies this morning after yesterday’s ominous smoke billowed from the “Lodgepole Fire” located north of Forebay Reservoir, above Twin Lakes Village.

The Lodgepole fire north of Twin lakes finds plenty of fuel with the areas grass, sagebrush and lodgepole pines. Photo: Lake County Office of Emergency Management. The “Lodgepole Fire” north of Twin Lakes finds plenty of fuel with the areas grass, sagebrush and lodgepole pines. Photo: Lake County Office of Emergency Management.

On Saturday, July 9 at approximately 2:37 p.m., a fire was reported about 8 miles south of Leadville at the base of Mt. Elbert on Forest Road 136. For locals the road is more most commonly known as the “Pipeline,” because it was an underground aqueduct which transports water from Turquoise Lake to Forebay and Twin Lakes.

According to US Forest Service Incident Commander – John Markalunas as of 10 p.m. last night the fire was 50% contained and had affected 16 acres…

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