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Fire on Catherine Store Road Monday could've been a big one. But crews got the jump on it first.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District / KDNK illustration
Local fire crews got the jump on a blaze on Catherine Store Rd. Monday before it could get out of hand.

Crews from the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District and the nearby Roaring Fork Fire District made short work of the blaze, which burned through pinion and juniper before being extinguished. Firefighters focused on keeping the fire from spreading west into a thick stand of trees. Officials say it’s likely human activity caused the blaze — probably a tossed cigarette or chains creating sparks behind a vehicle.

Authorities first received word of the fire around 3 p.m. Monday. Ultimately there were no structures burned or evacuations ordered, but a fence on private property did sustain some damage.

Crews planned to monitor the site for flareups overnight. For KDNK News, I’m Morgan Neely 

Morgan is KDNK's News Director. He comes to KDNK with public radio passion and experience. He was a news host, reporter, and opps guy at APR and also worked with Pitkin County for a couple of years. He says that getting back to public radio and reporting is where he wants to be.