Small fire scorches Craig field |

Small fire scorches Craig field

Erin Fenner
A fire flared up in a field at the intersection of 13th and Washington streets Wednesday afternoon. Craig Fire/Rescue responded and subdued the flames within an hour. The cause of the burn was attributed to Craig Road and Bridge Department's weeding efforts in the area.
Erin Fenner

A small fire scorched part of a Craig field Wednesday. No structures were burned, and nobody was injured.

The cause of the blaze was attributed to Craig Road and Bridge Department’s weeding efforts in the area, said Craig Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Troy Hampton.

“They were using a torch, burning weeds out of cracks. But the weed burner got away from them,” Hampton said.

The fire started on a grassy hillside at the intersection of 13th and Washington streets.

Randy Call, director of the Road and Bridge Department, said that while he was personally unsure of the exact causes he had some ideas.

Staff “were getting ready to chip-seal and they were supposed to be getting weed out of the cracks. I don’t know if it was a weed eater or a torch,” he said. “We had some part-time help. I am sure they probably started the fire.”

It was Call’s property that was burned by the fire.

Craig Fire/Rescue got the call a little after 3 p.m., and firefighters were able to subdue most of the blaze within the hour.

“It’s under control. Just hitting some hot spots now,” Hampton said. “It’s totally contained.”

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or

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