Two controlled burns go out of control in Emma area |

Two controlled burns go out of control in Emma area

Two agricultural fires burned out of control in the midvalley Friday afternoon and were snuffed by firefighters with the Basalt Fire Department.

The first incident was reported at around 2 p.m., when a party was burning a ditch near the Colorado Department of Transportation on Willits Lane.

The more significant uncontrolled burn occurred close to 3 p.m. about 1 mile away on Hooks Spur Road. A fire on an Emma-area ranch was spread by gusty winds into cottonwood trees, according to Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson. Firefighters cut a line in the woods to prevent the fire from spreading. Several trees were cut down after they caught fire, Thompson said. No structures were threatened.

The Basalt Fire Department responded with 15 firefighters, two brush trucks and a tender.

Thompson said both the parties acquired permits for the fires. However, they burned too late into the afternoon and problems arose when winds came up. He said it is likely that more agricultural property owners and managers will be burning in the coming days since opportunities have been few and far between during this wet spring. Thompson urged people to start early and wrap up before winds start to arise.

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