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Ditch fire turns into barn fire

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No people or livestock were hurt when a ditch burning got out of control on April 7 and spread to a nearby barn. 

Carbondale and Rural Fire Department officers responding to a call from the barn’s owner at 11:48 a.m. found the barn almost fully engulfed in flames, and the roof collapsed shortly thereafter. Carbondale Police Department, Basalt Fire Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the incident.

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“Public safety was our first concern,” said Incident Commander Mike Wagner. “We responded quickly. I feel like we did a great job of suppressing the flames and keeping it from spreading.”

Wagner emphasized the need to take controlled burns seriously and take full precautions. 

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“Make sure you have a reliable water supply, perfect weather and enough people to really manage the fire,” he said.