Fires continue to ignite across Moffat County |

Fires continue to ignite across Moffat County

Patrick Kelly
A Utility Task Vehicle burst into flames at Elkhead reservoir on Sunday.

Craig Fire/Rescue responded to three fires in Moffat County on Sunday and another Monday morning.

On Sunday, firefighters extinguished a utility task vehicle that caught on fire at Elkhead Reservoir. The fire spread across approximately a quarter acre of foliage, which was extinguished as well, said Cpt. Brian Slaight from Craig Fire/Rescue.

Another fire was extinguished off U.S. Highway 40 and Moffat County Road 64. Slaight said the wildfire spread across two acres, and the cause is being investigated by Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. Two Moffat County fire engines responded to the fire alongside four Craig Fire/Rescue fire trucks.

The last of Sunday’s fires happened at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Battalion Chief Steve Lingo said a smoldering ash pile ignited logs.

All fires were put out without injury.

On Monday morning, Craig Fire/Rescue responded to a fire at an oil processor on Moffat County Road 39, outside of Hamilton.

Lingo said the incident was more serious because flammable oil and gas were factors.

However, the fire, which was mostly smoldering insulation, was extinguished without incident.

According to Craig Interagency Dispatch Center, fire danger in Moffat County is currently moderate.

Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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