Craig firefighters halt two brush fires

Craig firefighters kept busy Tuesday fighting two brush fires that were reported within minutes of each other.

Firefighters from Craig/Fire Rescue were dispatched to a fire on Thompson Hill at 1:30 p.m. Two burning barrels of garbage that were started near the house of Patti and Pat Mosbey appeared to be the source of the fire, Deputy Chief Bill Johnston said.

About a half-acre of sagebrush burned near the Mosbey property, but no structures were burned.

Patti Mosbey said she was getting lunch at Wendy's restaurant when she noticed smoke that appeared to be coming from near her house. She said the couple regularly burns in the barrels but that there was no wind at the time they started burning. It's unclear who called in the fire.

"So much for the picnic in the park," Patti Mosbey said watching firefighters put out the flames around her house.

"If I would have known they would be here, I would have brought them lunch, too," she said.

Wind changes during the fire could have caused it to spread, Johnston said.

The couple's house is within about 20 feet of the fire's edge. Patti said she also was worried about a nearby hay barn.

As Johnston worked on the Thompson Hill fire, a column of smoke could be seen from a fire reported in the 3000 block of Moffat County Road 64. The fire was a controlled burn that got out of control, Johnston said. Some fire vehicles left the scene of the Thompson Hill fire to tend the county fire, which was contained within about 20 minutes. No structures were burned in that fire, Johnston said.

"Anyone got an extra fire truck on them?" Johnston said when taking a break from talking on radios to fire crews on both scenes.

Amy Hamilton can be reached at 824-7031.

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