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“Spot Fires” Sparked by Passing Train Along Diagonal Highway in Boulder County

September 17, 2018

Smoke rises from a series of small fires sparked by a passing train near Diagonal Highway in Boulder County.

Local fire agencies responded to fires sparked by a passing train in the area of Diagonal Highway and Niwot Road around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train passing through the area ignited a few “spot fires,” according to Boulder County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Nick Goldberger.

The sparks mainly caught on nearby grasses between N. 63rd Street and Niwot Road along the Longmont-bound side of Diagonal Highway, Goldberger said, and no buildings were threatened.

Mountain View Fire and Rescue, Boulder Rural Fire Protection District and the sheriff’s office all responded to the scene, as well as the county fire duty officer and Boulder police.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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