Small fire near oil and gas well sparks up Thursday afternoon
September 6, 2018
CRAIG — A small wildfire flared up near an oil and gas well about 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, approximately one mile south of Craig.
The fire was the result of equipment failure on an oil and natural gas well, said Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume.
The well, owned by Gulfport Energy, is located west of Colorado Highway 13 and is accessible via Moffat County Road 30, also known as Round Bottom Road. The company was contacted to alert it of a wildfire involving its equipment.
According to officials, a damaged valve allowed natural gas to leak from the structure, complicating fire suppression efforts. The cause of the equipment failure is under investigation.
The fire burned six acres of grass and sagebrush on private land near the well.
The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Fire/Rescue and the Bureau of Land Management all responded. The fire had been extinguished by 3 p.m.