A homecoming bonfire entertained and warmed students Thursday night behind Moffat County High School.

Photo by Noelle Leavitt Riley

A homecoming bonfire entertained and warmed students Thursday night behind Moffat County High School.

Homecoming bonfire brings together high school students

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Fire swirled in the air after the Craig Fire/Rescue lit an enormous bonfire behind Moffat County High School on Thursday night, warming the young crowd in commemoration of homecoming week.

It actually took firefighters two attempts to light the massive fire.

Apparently, the first 25 gallons of gas poured onto dozens of wooden crates wasn’t enough. The fire crew had to fetch more gas to ignite the flames.

“You know, firefighters are experienced at putting it out and not lighting it up,” said Mark Brown, a school resource officer.

Students and faculty waited patiently for the fire as the high school band played peppy tunes.

“It’s cold, but it’s nice to do something for the school,” junior Trenna Kaiser said about playing for the school audience. “We always have fun and get to raise the spirits of the school.”

Several young couples snuggled as the fire roared into the sky, while others hung out with one another, smiling and keeping warm from the massive flames.

The homecoming bonfire is at least a 50-year-old tradition, MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger said.

“It’s a spirit piece” for the high school, he said.

It’s also an excellent way to keep students upbeat during homecoming week, Brown added.

“It’s very positive, and this week is one of the best weeks for school-age kids. They love it,” he said.

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