Storms bring more lightning and wildfires

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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.

Twin Buttes Fire at 240 acres

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.

Indian Valley Fire 70% contained

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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.

Containment expected Monday evening on the Rough Fire

RANGELY – The Rough Fire is 340 acres and 70 percent contained. Full containment is expected by tomorrow evening.

Rough Fire near Rangely at about 250 acres

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.

Meadow Creek Fire continues to burn in WRNF

The Meadow Creek Fire continues to burn in the upper reaches of Main Elk Creek, approximately 8 miles northwest of New Castle.

Wildfires burn across county

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RBC I Since Aug. 19, there have been four wildland fires in Rio Blanco County that the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit has responded to.

Mellen Fire Update: Air tankers, crews battling 37 fires

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.

Spring Creek fire was human caused

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

Spring Creek Fire 90 percent contained

RANGELY | Despite high winds with gusts of 26 mph today, crews working the Spring Creek Fire were able to hold the line.

“Good progress” on Spring Creek Fire

RANGELY | Higher relative humidities and cloud cover helped subdue fire activity today.

Drug store might find temporary site

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RBC — Sealed items not damaged in the May 23 fire that shut down Meeker Drug will be sold during a sale Friday and Saturday on the courthouse lawn.