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Posted on Sep 17, 2015

Illegal burn ignites small wildfire on Monday

Staff report

A wildfire that burned about 100 acres on Monday was ignited by an illegal burn pile, Grant County Fire District No. 3 reported.
Lt. David Durfee said the fire started about noon on Monday near Road 13 Northwest and was contained by 2 p.m. The fire started in a burn pile and quickly spread across the cheatgrass, Durfee said.
A burn ban is in effect in Grant County. Deputy Fire Marshal Bruce Gribble on Tuesday did not know when the ban would be lifted. The fire marshal’s office is still determining whether the person who caused the wildfire will be cited, Gribble said. A person can be charged up to $10,000 a day in fines for illegally burning, he said.
Durfee warned people that although the area is experiencing fall-like temperatures this week, that doesn’t mean the fire season is over.
“Things still burn like it’s summer,” he said.

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