On Sunday, July 20 the late afternoon sky was lit with an incredible lightning storm. As the storm raged and passed, it left quite a shock as three fires were started at nearly the same time across the valley.
One fire started near the Croydon cemetery and burned approximately 120 acres before being put out. This fire was primarily handled by the Summit County Fire Department, but crews from Morgan were requested.
Another fire burned in the Norwoods area along Highway 66. Morgan Fire Chief Dave Rich received a call from a resident who had been sitting on their front porch and watched as lightening started this blaze. He called the fire in on his way to the fire station.
As most of the fire crews headed to this fire that eventually burned six acres, the last call came in for the Tunnel Hollow area, the canyon heading towards Taggarts. Crews were diverted from the Norwood fire, and as the crews reached Round Valley, it became apparent they would not be able to reach this fire.