Truck fire sparks small brush fire in Granby |

Truck fire sparks small brush fire in Granby

Tonya Bina
Granby, CO Colorado

A 1999 Dodge pick-up truck caught fire on Sunday just outside of Granby on U.S. Highway 40.

Squirrels had wreaked havoc on the wiring of the truck, and when the truck’s owners were on the highway, sparks from the wiring caused the truck to catch fire, according to Colorado State Trooper G.E. Muse.

The truck was fully engulfed in flames on the side of the road when Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 (Granby Fire) arrived to the scene around 1:30 p.m. at mile marker 215, in an area between City Market and the Linke ranch.

“It had the potential of starting a wildland fire,” said Granby Fire Division Chief Jim Cautrell.

Sage brush had caught on fire near the truck, creating a few spot fires, Cautrell said.

The fire crew comprised about 13 firefighters battled high winds during the fire incident. According to Cautrell, a microburst touched down “right when it happened.”

Highway patrol shut down traffic on the road for about 45 minutes while Granby Fire attended to the fires with two engines and one tender.

The truck belonged to owners from Lakewood who have a home in Granby, according to Muse. They were not cited for the vehicle malfunction.

“I’m just glad everyone was safe and sound, and it didn’t cause a wildland fire,” Cautrell said.