GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO — Apr. 10, 2019 — A small fire occurred inside a remote Black Hills Energy processing building in the Wolf Creek Storage Area late Saturday night. Automated safety equipment at the facility detected and contained the fire within the unoccupied facility, which sustained minor damage.
Wolf Creek Storage Area is used to store natural gas to serve the Roaring Fork Valley during high demand winter months. The impacted facility is located in the White River National Forest in Pitkin County.
“Redundant safety features at our Wolf Creek facilities ensured that damage was limited and contained,” said Susan Bailey, president of Colorado gas operations. “Safety is our top priority in all that we do at Black Hills Energy.
Safety mechanisms at the site include fire, heat and gas detection. The detectors provide real-time notifications to personnel at Black Hills Energy’s 24-hour gas control facilities, as well as trigger automatic emergency shutdown equipment at the site.
Black Hills Energy is investigating the incident and working with state and federal regulating agencies to report information and findings. The source of ignition in the incident is being investigated, but foul play is not suspected.