Big fire burns at rural Weld County oil site

WELD COUNTY, Colo. -- Firefighters responding to a fire at an oil site in rural Weld County that burned for hours Tuesday afternoon.

Weld County Sheriff's Office dispatchers said the fire is at Weld County Roads 30 and 47.5.

According to Weld County records, the site is owned by Noble Energy.

Jolene Schneider with theĀ Platteville-Gilcrest Fire Protection District said the fire was reported at 1:45 p.m. 3,000 gallons of diesel are burning. No injuries were reported. The Weld County Sheriff's Office said the fire was extinguished before 4:30 p.m.

Schneider also said a telephone notification was sent for people within a 1-mile radius of the site. A foam truck is on the scene and crews are attempting to extinguish the fire with foam. However, Schneider said that crews will most likely let the fire burn itself out, which could take about eight hours.

Ron Gusek of Liberty Oilfield Services says the fire was in a truck equipped to pump water. He says the fire department is investigating the cause.

Noble Energy, which operates the site, says Gusek's company was preparing a well to begin production when the fire broke out. Noble spokeswoman Paula Beasley says no wells were producing oil or gas there at the time of the fire.

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