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Wildfire springs up east of Lay near Highway 40, delays traffic

Craig Press Staff Report

Grass and brush burn south of US Highway 40 during a wildfire near Lay Creek.

Firefighters were called to a wildfire Tuesday afternoon at mile marker 76 of US Highway 40 near Lay in Moffat County.

The blaze, near Lay Creek, was first reported at 12:30 p.m. and had burned five acres of land south of the highway as of 2 p.m.

Traffic along the roadway was slowed down at mile marker 76 as workers prepped equipment.

Among the agencies responding to the incident were Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Bureau of Land Management and Memorial Regional Health.

A single engine air tanker was utilized to dump flame retardant on the fire.

Authorities confirmed after 3 p.m. the fire was extinguished.