Plane Crash Causes Fatality and 100-Acre Wildfire

A Plane crash is Custer County, Colorado resulted in one death and also started a wild fire that is now at 100 acres with zero-percent containment.

The plane crash occurred on Sunday, July 3, 2011 around 3:30 p.m. when a 1941 Steerman biplane, piloted by 50-year-old Sidney Emmert went down in the San Isabel National Forest.

Emmert died on impact but his passenger, Dr. Robert Hamilton of Wetmore, CO, was treated for a head injury and released from Memorial Hospital on Monday, July 4, 2011.

Emmert, of Oklahoma City, had flown to Colorado to visit friends, including Hamilton. They were flying over Hamilton’s ranch when the plan went down. Hamilton crawled from the wreck and was able to get to a neighbor’s house for help.

The fire that started as a result of the crash is not far from the Mason Gulch Fire that burned five years ago. Although the fire is zero percent contained, Fire Information Officer Gregg Goodland of the U.S. Forest Service believes they will be able to get a good handle on the fire.

Six 20-person hand crews are on the scene and have put retardant along all the fire lines. Crews are working against high temperatures and low humidity to contain the blaze.

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