Fireworks ignite small blaze in Moffat County Sunday night
July 3, 2017
A small wildfire erupted late Sunday night north of Moffat County Road 18 on private land, burning in grass and sagebrush.
Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded to the call at 11:35 p.m. Sunday and managed to contain the blaze within about an hour. The fire burned about 0.15 acres, said Fire Chief KC Hume.
The fire was caused by fireworks, and additional fireworks were found left in the roadway.
Fire officials with the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit are urging the public to be cautious as conditions continue to dry out, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management.
"While conditions across the unit have not reached the critical point where fire restrictions are warranted, people need to be aware that fire danger is currently high," said Fire Management Officer Colt Mortenson in the release.
The Northwest Unit has responded to 27 wildfires so far this year, 11 of which were human-caused, including the nearly 18,000-acre Dead Dog Fire near Rangely, the release said.
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Fireworks are always prohibited on lands managed by the BLM, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.