RBC | Fire officials were busy again today with fires that erupted from thunderstorms moving through northwest Colorado. Reports of 12 wildland fires were confirmed; nine in western Moffat County and three in Rio Blanco County.
RANGELY | Fire managers determined the lightning-caused Twin Buttes Fire is 240 acres. Fire activity is low with smoldering in grass and brush and no growth yesterday.
MEEKER – The Indian Valley Fire was mapped with a Global Positioning Unit this afternoon and is 322 acres. The main fire activity today was smoldering in grass and brush and occasional torching of isolated groups of pinyon and juniper trees. The fire is now 70% contained as engines and hand crews secured the flanks.
RANGELY – The Rough Fire is 340 acres and 70 percent contained. Full containment is expected by tomorrow evening.
RANGELY – The 250 acre Rough Fire was reported Friday afternoon following thunder and lightning storms. It is burning on Bureau of Land Management public lands, 20 miles northeast of Rangely, in pinyon and juniper trees, sagebrush and grass.
The Meadow Creek Fire continues to burn in the upper reaches of Main Elk Creek, approximately 8 miles northwest of New Castle.
Thursday’s lightning storm caused 37 fires in the Northwest Colorado Fire Management unit last Friday and Saturday, the largest became the Mellen fire across the road from Dinosaur National Monument headquarters.
RANGELY I Last week’s Spring Creek fire, which burned 1,349 acres, all in Rio Blanco County, was caused by a human act. “We have determined it was a human cause,” said Lynn Barclay, fire mitigation/education specialist for the Bureau of Land Management office in Craig and public information officer for
RANGELY | Despite high winds with gusts of 26 mph today, crews working the Spring Creek Fire were able to hold the line.
RANGELY | Higher relative humidities and cloud cover helped subdue fire activity today.