Bolts of lightning caused several wild land fires to break out in El Paso County on Sunday.
Luckily rain came along with it.
Firefighters say at least ten fires broke out. Fire officials say there were so many lightning strikes on Sunday night they found themselves getting called out to fire after fire.
"Lightning is able to start a fire in a hurry," said Ellicott Fire Captain Michael Henley. Even in the rain flames are bound to erupt. Thankfully the rain that came along with the lightning storm was able to stomp out many of the fires that broke out in hard to reach El Paso County areas. "You can get stuck out there faster than you can say, 'oh bummer'", said Volunteer Firefighter Lloyd Malone.
In Ellicott and surrounding small towns, "It's been an extremely hard fire season on us," said Henley.
A big reason is because most, if not all of their firefighters, are volunteers. Volunteers who often find themselves dropping what they're doing to chase fires. "Then you have a family and then you have to work and then there's other projects at your house," said Malone.
Fire officials say this fire season has been no picnic. "It's awful crazy," said Malone.
El Paso County has already seen a record number of flare ups. Fire officials say they've seen more fires this year than all of last year, and this fire season isn't over yet.
"It is hard to respond to all these fires at one time. We'll get five, six or seven fires at a time," said Henley.
Resources get stretched so thin sometimes, firefighters say, they have no choice but to ignore some fire calls.
Soaring gas prices has also put a major strain on how Volunteer firefighters get the job done.
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