RAC­COON ON POWER POLE SPARKS WILD­FIRE

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Craig Daily Press

A rac­coon started a wild­fire that burned about 7 acres of pri­vate prop­erty south­west of Craig on Sun­day.

Craig Fire Res­cue, Me­mo­rial Re­gional Health Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices and Yampa Val­ley Elec­tric As­so­ci­a­tion re­sponded.

The rac­coon had climbed on a power pole trans­former, caus­ing it to spark and start the fire, said Mof­fat County Sher­iff and fire chief KC Hume said.

Power was out for about 31 Yampa Val­ley Elec­tric cus­tomers, mem­ber out­reach spe­cial­ist Tammi Strick­land.

The rac­coon did not sur­vive, she said.

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