Firefighters gaining on fires

An aerial view of the East Tschuddi fire in Rio Blanco County.

An aerial view of the East Tschuddi fire in Rio Blanco County.
An aerial view of the East Tschuddi fire in Rio Blanco County.

RBC I Firefighters had made progress as of Wednesday in battling the Citadel and East Tschuddi fires in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, respectively. The fires were continuing to grow slowly, but containment has increased.
Minimal fire activity occurred at the fire sites on Tuesday as crews worked to keep them within their respective planning areas. Air resources supporting the fire crews include one heavy, one medium, and two light helicopters.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are currently in place for Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, as well as BLM managed lands in those counties.
The Citadel Fire, in Moffat County about 40 miles northwest of Meeker, had burned 2,009 acres as of Wednesday. The lightning-caused fire, which started Sunday, is reportedly 25 percent contained.
The East Tschuddi Fire, burning in Rio Blanco County about 20 miles northwest of Meeker, has reportedly burned up to 438 acres, a decrease in the amount of land originally reported on Tuesday.
The lightning-caused fire, which started Saturday, is reportedly 35 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.