RANGELY – The Rough Fire is 340 acres and 70 percent contained. Full containment is expected by tomorrow evening.
Fire crews successfully held firelines during high winds associated with thunderstorms Saturday afternoon. According to Incident Commander Dale Beckerman of the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, the fire made its initial run Friday and hasn’t grown much since then. Increase in acreage is due to more accurate mapping.
The Rough Fire was reported Friday afternoon and was caused by lightning.
Three small fires were reported yesterday afternoon, two in Rio Blanco
County and one in Moffat County, on Bureau of Land Management public lands.
The two fires in Rio Blanco County were contained yesterday evening and the
fire in Moffat County is expected to be contained today. All three fires
were less than a quarter acre.
Scattered thunderstorms with moderate rainfall are forecast this afternoon
for northwest Colorado. Strong winds will accompany the storms. Drier
conditions are expected Monday with above normal temperatures later in the