No injuries in blaze on well pad near Silt

The contents of two natural gas well flowback tanks caught fire south of Silt on Friday evening, sending up flames visible from Interstate 70.

The fire occurred about 7 p.m. on an Antero Resources well pad. Antero Operations Manager Jon Black said it was extinguished within 90 minutes.

No one was injured in the incident. Black said two people were at the site when the fire broke out.

Crews from the Burning Mountains and Rifle fire districts responded and set up defensive operations to prevent the fire’s spread, said Burning Mountains Fire Chief Brit McLin.

He said there were no homes or structures in the immediate vicinity.

“Antero has a policy to berm their pads, so if the tanks completely rupture it has enough confinement to contain spills. They’re a pretty good operator,” he said.

The fire was off Mineota Drive and Dry Hollow Road, McLin said.

Black said an investigation will begin immediately into the fire’s cause. He said he believes the burning substance consisted of a light oil condensate.


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