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Small fire breaks out along highway near Basalt

BASALT – A small fire broke out in the dry grass along Highway 82 outside of Basalt on Friday morning and was extinguished by passing motorists and residents of a nearby house.

The fire was reported about 11:30 a.m. at mile marker 22 on Highway 82, near the ranch home of the Tina Grange family. Basalt fire officer Bob Guion said the fire burned a small patch of grass before it was extinguished by fast-acting onlookers. Members of the Grange family shoveled dirt onto the flames, and passing motorists assisted, Guion said.

“It could have grown pretty rapidly,” he said. The fire department responded and sprayed the area down to make sure no sparks or embers strayed.



The fire likely was caused by a discarded cigarette butt, Guion said. It could have come from a motorist on the highway or from a delivery vehicle that went to the Grange ranch Friday morning, he said. The fire was up against an elk fence, near where the Granges stacked some straw bales that were available for sale. The fire would have been tougher to extinguish if the straw had caught fire, Guion said.


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