Fire briefs |

Fire briefs

staff reports
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” A fire burned about 20 acres in the Garfield Creek State Wildlife Area Friday afternoon.

Randy Hampton, a spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said the agency received word about 4:45 p.m. Friday that the fire was almost contained. The fire started in an area where a pipeline is currently being constructed, he said.

Hampton said the DOW is working with Garfield County to investigate the cause of the fire. He said he wasn’t aware of any injuries as of Friday afternoon.

BATTLEMENT MESA, Colorado ” The Garifeld County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fire that occurred in Battlement Mesa on Wednesday after two juveniles were seen fleeing from the scene of the fire.

Grand Valley Fire Protection District (GVFPD) fire crews and Battlement Mesa maintenance personnel responded to the fire between the Willow Ridge and Willow Park apartments about 2:22 p.m. The fire started at a bench along the walk and bike path in the area, said David Blair, fire chief for the GVFPD.

It took fire crews about 40 minutes to get the fire contained and about another half hour to get it controlled.

The fire burned mostly cheat grass and sage brush, Blair said. The fire size was about a half acre, and there were no injuries, he added.

The cause of the fire was likely a toy friction gun, which shoots sparks out the end of its barrel, Blair said. Two juveniles were seen at the scene about the same time the fire started, he said.

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