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Aerial support helps suppress fire on Cedar Mountain near Craig

CRAIG — Something besides the sunset painted the skies over Cedar Mountain orange and red Monday evening.

The color over the landmark, about 7 miles northwest of Craig, arose from a slurry of fire retardant dropped by air support, dispatched in an effort to suppress a 5-acre wildfire that burned through grass and brush on the northeastern side of the mountain top.

Emergency responders, including Craig Fire Rescue, the Moffat County Sheriff’s office, wildlands firefighters, and Colorado State Patrol, were called to the scene about 5:30 p.m., and by about 6:30 p.m. smoke that had originally been very heavy had mostly cleared from the area, as ground crews could still be seen working on the eastern rim of the mountain.

The cause of the fire is unknown. It was spotted after lightning-producing thunderstorms passed over the mountain. The fire was one of four small fires to flare up and be quickly contained by local crews in the past two days.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.