7 grass fires started in 45 minutes in Longmont

LONGMONT, Colo. -- Police are trying to determine who started seven fires in Longmont on Sunday night.

The fires were reported between 7:05 p.m. and 7:48 p.m. along the St. Vrain Greenway between the vicinity of Hover Street and Main Street, the Longmont Police Department said.

The fires are being investigated as arsons.

“It seemed pretty obvious the fires were moving eastbound,” Longmont Fire spokeswoman Molly Cropp said. “Any time you get seven fires within an hour, it’s going to make for some chaos. We were starting to become taxed for resources."

It took half of the Longmont Fire Department’s engines, its wildland truck and one truck from Mountain View Fire to put out the fires.

“That’s now three engines that are not available for a medical emergency, a structure fire elsewhere, anything like that,” Cropp said. “Any one of these fires could have worked its way into a business. It can turn into a very serious issue and it’s a crime.”

Investigators do not believe the grass fires are connected to the vehicle fires in Longmont in June and July.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 303-591-5858.