Fire destroys several structures Sunday afternoon; Red Flag Warning in effect

The Daily Times staff
San Juan County

FARMINGTON — A fire Sunday afternoon destroyed a shop and several outbuildings in the West Hammond area, according to San Juan County Fire Department Division Chief Chris Cardin.

Cardin did not know the number of acres burned. He said it could have been a big blaze but the fire department got on scene quickly and extinguished it before it destroyed any residential structures.

He said the fire started when a homeowner on County Road 5500 was burning debris in a barrel. Cardin said the shop behind the property owner’s residence caught fire and the blaze then spread to other outbuildings and burned along neighboring properties.

Cardin said Sunday was a non-burn day because there had been red flag warnings the previous two days.

“It was so dry that basically any spark would ignite it,” Cardin said.

Cardin said the county fire department evaluates the conditions each day and determines whether to allow burning.

The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for today and Tuesday this week. Burn permits are not available on days when there are Red Flag Warnings.

According to the Red Flag Warning, any fires that develop today or Tuesday will have the potential of spreading rapidly and being hard to control. The National Weather Service is warning people not to burn anything outdoors.

People should obtain burn permits from the county fire department prior to burning debris.