White River Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Meeker, CO 81641
Meeker, CO – The Fawn fire is located approximately 30 miles southwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County. The fire is burning in rugged and remote terrain, in pinyon-juniper and grass. The lightning caused fire began on July 7. In addition to the Fawn fire, several other fires began after a weather system moved through the area. These fires include the Sprague, Smith and Ridgetop fire. Due to the diligent work completed by local agencies and firefighting personnel, good progress has taken place on all of these fires.
Participating agencies in fighting these wildfires include the Bureau of Land Management, Rio Blanco County, Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 11 (NWT11) led by Nathan Rabe, Incident Commander, assumed command of the Fawn fire on July 11. The Team also assumed command of the Sprague, Smith and Ridgetop fires. The team is also responsibility for initial attack in surrounding areas of the Sprague and Fawn fires and is providing initial attack support to Rio Blanco and Moffat counties. Management of these fires has allowed local emergency resources to return to their immediate jurisdictions.
The Fawn fire has burned 1,065 acres and is now 90 percent contained. The fire is now completely lined and firefighters continue to work on completing mop-up operations, gridding and monitoring surrounding areas for new fire starts. No growth on the fire is expected, however, winds from thunderstorms combined with low fuel moistures could result in additional fire growth in areas receiving no precipitation.
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in place over the Fawn and Sprague fire areas restricting aerial public access. The public is reminded that all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted within the TFR, which inhibits their ability to do critical fire suppression efforts. Flying within the TFR is prohibited and against the law.
The Ridgetop fire started on July 7 is now 95 percent contained. The fire burned nearly 144 acres and is nearing completion. Firefighters will continue mop-up and gridding on the Ridgetop fire.
County Road 11 is fully open to traffic. Fire crews and heavy equipment continue to move through the fire area and within the community of Meeker. The public is urged to drive with caution as crews work to suppress the fires in the area.
Even though we have received rainfall over the last few days, fire danger remains extremely high across the state. Be sure to check with your local fire agencies for restrictions and for forest and state closures.