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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 6, 20179min724

When Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn and some of her neighbors realized they lived in a large, sparsely populated patch of the state that wasn’t covered by fire protection services, they put together their own volunteer fire department. Some 244 square miles between Steamboat Springs and Vail, it turned out, fell between areas covered by surrounding fire departments, but none were responsible for responding to calls.