Fires heat up Moffat County over the weekend
A structure fire Saturday evening and wildfire Sunday afternoon kept first responders in Craig and Moffat County busy through the weekend.
The Saturday structure fire occurred shortly after 6 p.m. in the 1800 block of Sequoia Avenue in Shadow Mountain.
The residence was undergoing renovations, and no one was inside the structure, Craig/Fire Rescue Chief KC Hume said.
Hume said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it originated outside of the home on the front porch.
“The fire didn’t actually penetrate the home,” he said. “It burned the deck, and it consumed some of the siding, the front door, windows, but there is little damage on the interior of the structure.”
Craig Fire/Rescue, The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Craig Police Department responded to the incident.
Shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, a call came in for a grass fire off U.S. Highway 40, near milepost 72 on the south side of the road.
The fire was contained approximately three hours later after blazing across 16 1/2 acres.
Hume said numerous structures and residences were in the vicinity of the fire, and one residence was immediately threatened.
“We had structures that were threatened, but no structures were lost or damaged,” he said.
In addition to an investigation into the cause of the fire, a criminal investigation is also underway after Sunday’s wildland fire.
“Initial indications are that it was human caused,” Hume said.
Responding agencies Sunday include Craig Fire/Rescue, Maybell Volunteer Fire Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management.
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