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Raccoon sparks 7-acre wildfire, knocks out power in Moffat County

Sasha Nelson/Craig Daily Press

A raccoon visits a house near Lynx Pass in this file photo.

A raccoon started a wildfire around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, on private property near Moffat County Road 30/Round Bottom Road, about 7 miles southwest of Craig.

Craig Fire Rescue, Memorial Regional Health Emergency Medical Services and Yampa Valley Electric Association responded.

The raccoon had climbed on a power pole transformer, causing it to spark, igniting a fire that burned about 7 acres, said Moffat County Sheriff and Fire Chief KC Hume.

Power was out for about 31 Yampa Valley Electric members until 3 p.m. when service was restored, said Member Outreach Specialist Tammi Strickland.

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No other structures were affected by the fire and fire fighters were able extinguished the blaze in about an hour.

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“The raccoon unfortunately did not survive the incident,” Strickland said.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education

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