Investigators found little wrong as they responded to a complaint about fires on C Hill above Crawford.
Crawford Mayor Susie Steckel contacted the Delta County Sheriff and the Bureau of Land Management recently about underage teens riding motorcycles and ATVs through town and with concerns of setting fires on Thompson Hill, known as C Hill.
According to Undersheriff Mark Taylor, deputies are checking whether a young person on a motorcycle or ATV has a driver's license as required by Crawford ordinance. Teens can't drive on county roads or in the incorporated parts of town without a license. It's up for parents, he said, to monitor their own children on BLM and other public land where there are no age and driver's license requirements.
Ryan Regnell, a U.S. Ranger with BLM, was in town over the holiday weekend to assist the Montrose BLM office. He went to C Hill twice beginning on May 30.
Regnell said the initial report BLM received was that multiple fires had been set by teens on C Hill. A sheriff's deputy was on the scene first. The deputy found that some boys camped overnight on May 28. According to Regnell, their camp fire "was a little large" and "they failed to fully extinguish it in the morning." The deputy easily put out the remaining camp fire with dirt.
"It's not like they were playing with matches setting bushes on fire," Regnell said. "It was a single, independent pit fire." Regnell found no evidence of other fires being set. The camp fire was set before the Delta County fire ban was in place. "They chose the right spot to do it, but as boys will do, bigger is better," Regnell said. The teens he contacted had proper permits for riding ATVs on public land.blog comments powered by Disqus