Fire in northwest Greeley neighborhood burns 10 acres of land
March 6, 2017
Ashes and burn marks lay about 10 feet away from a few backyards in the neighborhood north of B Street and 44th Avenue.
Resident Cindy Lick said she was on the phone when she noticed the flames and smoke just outside of her neighborhood's fence. She said she immediately called 911.
"I just happened to look up and see the smoke," she said. "I heard another one of my neighbors start to honk her horn to let everyone know they should leave."
Greeley fire department firefighters were on the scene of a ground-cover fire about 4:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Stoneybrook mobile home park in northwest Greeley, near F Street and 35th Avenue. The smell of smoke was thick as far away as downtown Greeley.
About nine fire trucks and 20 firefighters responded to the scene. The fire burned about 10 acres of land, and caused an estimated $1,000 in damages, mainly from a lumber stacked in a back lot near a home. The firefighters had the fire under control in about 40 minutes, according to Greeley Fire Chief Dale Lyman.
No injuries were reported, but medical personnel checked on one resident who was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Weld County Sheriff's Office spokesman Cpl. Matt Turner said the origin of the fire was in an area near North 44th Avenue Court and F Street. That's on the outskirts of Greeley, which is a part of the Weld County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction. Sheriff's deputies will work with the Greeley Fire Department investigators to determine the cause of the fire.
Lyman said strong winds and dry conditions caused the fire to move and grow quickly. He said the winds from the northwest pushed the fire toward the neighborhood near B Street and 44th Avenue as well as toward the Stoneybrook area to the east.
"We were concerned about the fire because of the (wind) conditions, but (firefighters) got the fire out a lot quicker than we expected," he said.
Lyman said crews issued an emergency notification robo call to about 50 homes, asking residents to get out. They also called numerous Greeley police officers to the scene to help evacuate nearby residences. However, shortly after crews made preparations for the evacuation, they were able to cut the fire off and relieve any danger to homes. Residents were given the OK to return to their homes by about 5:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service issued a high wind and red flag warning for Weld County on Monday. Winds gusted as high as 49 mph, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Natalie Gusack.
Tuesday will be another day full of windy weather, Gusack said.
"It looks like it should be calmer, but there is another high wind warning from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.," she said. "We're looking at sustained winds of 35-45 mph with gusts of 60-80 mph. The strongest winds will be near the Colorado-Wyoming border."
Turner said despite the high winds, there were no other reports of property damage or fires in Weld County.