This week in local history: Weekend fire burns 5 acres of BLM land near Granby
Originally published in the Friday, June 17, 1977 edition of Sky-Hi News.
Over 80 firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management, the Grand County Sheriff’s Department and the Granby Volunteer Fire Department successfully fought and extinguished a forest fire just west of Granby last weekend.
The blaze, which burned approximately five acres of timber on public land managed by the BLM reportedly broke out on Sunday, but according to Grand County Sheriff H.L. Henderson, may have started earlier.
Henderson said several local youths held a party on the land Friday night and had been warned to be careful with their campfire by officers. Then on Saturday, Henderson said, he and about 10 other men went to the campsite and dumped a tank load of water on the area. Nevertheless, the fire started again on Sunday, and a full firefighting effort was organized. The cause is still under investigation though.
The sheriff said about 35 mean from the sheriff’s department and the Granby Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire, plus 52 persons from the Bureau of Land Management, 44 of which arrived about 10 p.m. Sunday night from Alamosa and the San Luis Valley.
Along with the firefighters, numerous pieces of fire fighting equipment were also brought in, including a 200-gallon pumper truck from the BLM, a 1,500-gallon pumper truck from the Grand County Sheriff’s Department, a small U.S. Forest Service pumper truck, a pumper truck from the Grand Volunteer Fire Department and a pumper truck from the Granby Sanitation District.
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