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A wildfire east of New Castle on Sunday reportedly caused $50,000 in damages, although there were no structures involved.

No injuries were reported in connection with the wildfire, according to officials.

The fire started on the Murr Ranch Realty and Auction property, 37659 U.S. Highway 6, and spread next door to the Sunshine Farms property at 38487 U.S. Highway 6, according to Burning Mountains fire chief Brit McLin.



According to a report from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the fire “started as a controlled burn and escalated beyond control of the property owner, damaging the neighboring property.”

The flames scorched approximately five acres of ground, McLin reported, and may have damaged some irrigation piping and part of an orchard.



McLin called the incident “an unusual situation, in that it was someone that has lived here forever and does not have a history of losing control of burns.”

He said it was not unusual to find property owners beginning to burn ditches and other features on their land, noting that “a lot of the farms down low like to get after it around this time. It’s not the peak of burning season, but it’s predictable.”

A second fire was reported on the same night, McLin said, but upon investigation turned out to be a homeowner’s “perfectly legal bonfire.”

The Garfield County commissioners will hold their regular March 14 meeting at the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way.

The board of county commissioners this year reiterated a commitment to hold periodic meetings in the different municipalities around the county.

The March 14 meeting will start at 8 a.m. with the roll call, pledge of allegiance and invocation by the Rev. Dale Frederickson.


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