Rough Fire should be contained this week

For years, the town of Ouray has held a water fight between firefighters as part of its Fourth of July celebration. Rangely firefighters Cisco Lucero, left, and Mike Zadra participated this year. The teams fight with two-inch water hoses with 140 pounds of pressure. They have to run to the center of the street and grab the hose and try to get the other team to either drop the hose or give up. The team that wins gets to come back the next year and defend their title. Although Lucero and Zadra didn’t win, they fought a good fight.

For years, the town of Ouray has held a water fight between firefighters as part of its Fourth of July celebration. Rangely firefighters Cisco Lucero, left, and Mike Zadra participated this year. The teams fight with two-inch water hoses with 140 pounds of pressure. They have to run to the center of the street and grab the hose and try to get the other team to either drop the hose or give up. The team that wins gets to come back the next year and defend their title. Although Lucero and Zadra didn’t win, they fought a good fight.
RANGELY I Full containment of the Rough Fire, which involved 340 acres, was expected by late Monday.
Fire crews successfully held fire lines 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 hadn’t grown much since then.
The Rough Fire was reported Friday afternoon and was caused by lightning.
The fire was on Bureau of Land Management public lands, 20 miles northeast of Rangely, in pinyon and juniper trees, sagebrush and grass. Assigned to the fire were 60 fire personnel including the Craig and Roosevelt hot shot crews, two Moffat County Sheriff Department engines, two BLM engines and one helicopter.
Three small fires were reported Saturday 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 Saturday evening and the fire in Moffat County was expected to be contained Sunday. All three fires were less than a quarter acre.
— Barclay is a fire mitigation/education specialist