Grass fire covers 5 acres near Clark Store

North Routt firefighters on scene; no injuries or damage

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— North Routt firefighters are monitoring a grass fire that has burned about five acres near the Clark Store but so far has caused no injuries or property damage.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, after a controlled burn got out of hand and began moving towards haystacks near Routt County Road 129 and C.R. 62.

"This is going to be great pasture come this spring," said Bob Reilley, chief of the North Routt Fire Protection District. "We're just here to help out the landowners and make sure it doesn't cross into areas they don't want."

Routt County Emergency Management Director Chuck Vale is one of two landowners whose property was affected. A tenant of Vale's started the controlled burn on Vale's property. Flames then blew onto a neighbor's property along the Elk River.

Vale said crews were simply monitoring the fire - expected to burn out tonight - to prevent further damage, rather than actively fighting the flames.

"I'm not going to risk somebody's life over some brush," Vale said.

A light rain helped firefighters control the flames, but erratic wind Tuesday presented some challenges.

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