Wildland fire ignites west of Craig late Wednesday afternoon | CraigDailyPress.com

Wildland fire ignites west of Craig late Wednesday afternoon

Noelle Leavitt Riley

A wildland fire ignited near Moffat County Road 90 west of Craig late Wednesday afternoon.

The fire burned about 100 acres and was caused by lighting, said Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume.

Craig Fire/Rescue and Moffat County Sheriff Office, including a helicopter, were on scene working to contain the flames. Firefighters were fighting the fire until roughly 1 p.m. Wednesday night, and returned the next morning to make sure it was contained, Hume said.

The fired was named the the Horse Gultch fire.

It started on Tom Deakins' land where he runs a large herd of cattle.

"We saw the smoke," he said, adding that they called the emergency services immediately.

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However, firefighters were already in route when the call was made, he said.

His cattle were roughly two miles east of the flames, and he felt — at that point — they were safe.

He's owned the land for 24 years and has seen at least four wildland fires ignite on the property since he's owned the ranch, he said.

"It helps the land," he said. "In most cases, we're worried about the livestock."

It's not clear how the fire started.

Firefighters had a portal water station set up roughly two miles from the fire where firefighters filled up their water tanks.

Moffat County Road is off of County Road 174 near mile marker 80 on U.S. Highway 40, between Craig and Maybell.

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