Multiple fires, car crashes make busy weekend for Craig rescue officials
CRAIG — Craig law enforcement and rescue officials responded to three fires during the weekend and three car crashes on Sunday alone, beginning with a single-vehicle rollover about 10 a.m. Sunday.
A 22-year-old man rolled his 2001 Ford SUV off the east side of the road while driving toward Craig on Moffat County Road 7, about a half mile north of the bypass intersection, according to Craig Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Troy Hampton.
The man was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. An ambulance transported him to The Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries, said Colorado State Patrol Captain Doug Conrad.
No further information was available as to the cause of the crash.
Two other crashes were called in about 9 p.m. Sunday, one near mile marker 13 on Colorado Highway 13, south of Craig, and another near the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Moffat County Road 30, a few miles west of Craig.
No injuries were reported in either crash, both of which involved car versus deer collisions, Conrad said.
Craig Fire Rescue responded to a brush fire about 11:05 p.m. Sunday east of the Craig-Moffat Airport near Moffat County Road 100.
The fire was ignited by a lightning strike and burned about a 25-square-foot patch of grass and sagebrush on private land, Hampton said. A brief rain helped firefighters quickly contain and extinguish the fire.
Crews kicked off the weekend with a tree on fire at Woodbury Park on Friday — the result of children playing with a lighter — while Moffat County Sheriff’s Office responded to the initial call Saturday afternoon for the Pine Tree Fire south of Maybell.
The lightning-caused Pine Tree Fire exploded to more than 4,000 acres with no containment estimates as of Sunday night. A Type II incident command team took over firefighting efforts Monday morning.
The Craig Press will provide an update on the Pine Tree Fire as soon as more information is available.
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