Middle Elk fire area closed for safety reasons

MEEKER I The Middle Elk Fire on the Blanco Ranger District is located some 30 miles north of New Castle, Colo., to the west of the Buford New Castle Road at Hiner Springs.

Middle Elk fire area closed

MEEKER I The Middle Elk Fire on the Blanco Ranger District is located some 30 miles north of New Castle, Colo., to the west of the Buford New Castle Road at Hiner Springs. For safety reasons the area of the fire remains closed at this time.

Fire near Buford/New Castle Rd.

RBC I The Middle Elk Fire had increased from 100 acres to 212 as of Sept. 24. It is burning in rough terrain in thick mixed conifer and aspen on the west side of the Buford/New Castle Road near Hiner Spring on the Flat Tops.

Helitack provides attack

The Teton Helitack crew from the Bridger Teton National Forest out of Jackson, Wyo., spent 14 days camped at the Meeker Airport and responded to 15 fires during their stay. The crew included helicopter crew members Nic Glatt and Kate Ball, helicopter mechanic fuel truck driver Randy ??, crew members Chris Edwards and Philip Brass, squad leader Matt Lancaster, crew supervisor David A. Gomez and helicopter pilot Steve Wilson, with Helicopter Express.

RBC I The Teton Helitack team from Jackson, Wyo., first came to Rio Blanco County July 22, to help with the Powell fire.