Battling fire danger

Crews responded to a small blaze near Williams Way on Sunday morning and quickly extinguished a brush fire. A nearby resident reported smelling smoke May 5 and called 911. Crews were called back later that same day when embers continued to smolder. On Monday, May 6, officials with a property company that manages condominiums there, used a tractor to remove cheat grass and other flammable fuels. Cody Greaves, a captain with Moab Valley Fire Department, told The Times-Independent that folks may expect fire danger to increase as weeds and other vegetation dries out. “Cheat grass is still in its green stages, and fire danger will get worse as we start to dry out and heat up. Combustibility will increase.” He said the cause of the small fire had not been determined.
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