Wildfire extinguished near Hayden

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— Firefighters from Hayden, Oak Creek, Steamboat Springs and the Bureau of Land Management extinguished a small wildfire Monday night that burned near a shooting range southeast of Hayden.

Officials said the fire grew to about 20 acres.

Dale Leck, assistant fire chief for the West Routt Fire Protection District, said Monday night that it took the firefighters about three hours to put out the fire that burned through sagebrush on state land near Routt County Road 37.

Leck said the blaze may have been ignited by a stray bullet.

“We didn't have any lightning strikes around,” he said.

He added that Hayden missed out on the light rain that fell over Steamboat Springs while the fire burned.

The fire was reported at about 5 p.m.

Leck said brush trucks were able to get a handle on the fire quickly, and firefighters spent much of the remaining time putting out hot spots. He said firefighters will check on the burn area again Tuesday morning.

Monday's fire follows another blaze in Hayden on Friday that burned 40 acres near the Hayden Station power plant before it was extinguished by area firefighters.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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