Hunters face high fire danger |

Hunters face high fire danger

Tyler Baskfield

As people head to camps to begin the first rifle season for big game, they are asked to be cautious with any fires.

“The fire danger is extremely high right now, especially in the western part of the county,” said Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead. “Even though there are no restrictions in effect, I want to remind everyone to use a little common sense and make sure their fires are contained.”

People doing controlled burns should call in and let authorities know they are burning, and they should also wait for the right conditions before they burn.

Failure to use common sense might just hit people in their pocketbook if a fire gets out of hand.

“People who let a fire get out of control might be financially responsible for the cost of the crews to suppress the fire,” said Grinstead.

The frequency of fire use will be high this week due to the many hunters around Moffat County. The Sheriff’s Department wants people to take necessary precautions to keep any incidents to a minimum.

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Roy Mason believes people should be extra cautious with fires due to the fire danger.

“They need to maintain and keep an eye on their camp fires right now,” said Mason. “People should also make sure their fires are out by spreading around the coals or by dumping water on them. It wouldn’t take long for a fire to get out of control with conditions the way they are.”