Little Snake Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Craig, CO 81625
July 9, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Contact: David Boyd, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, 970-876-9008
Northwest Colorado firefighters fighting new starts as they reach containment on other fires
CRAIG, Colo. – Firefighters in northwestern Colorado continue to battle new starts as they secure existing fires.
More than 100 firefighters worked with two heavy air tankers and four single-engine air tankers yesterday on the 875-acre Fawn Fire, which is burning in pinyon-juniper in a rugged, remote area of the Piceance Basin about 30 miles southwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County. Crews today are working with a helicopter and two single-engine air tankers to strengthen containment lines established yesterday. No structures are immediately threatened. Fawn Fire updates are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5906/.
The 20-acre Sprague Gulch Fire started this afternoon off County Road 5 in Rio Blanco County. The fire is active and spreading. Crews are working with aircraft to try to check the spread.
Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office, the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit, Meeker Volunteer Fire Department, and the Rio Blanco County Road and Bridge Department are working together and have set up a Command Post to fight the fires in Rio Blanco County.
The Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit is also working closely with Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Moffat County Road and Bridge, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and local fire departments on the fires in Moffat County.
The 260-acre Skunk Creek Fire is burning in rugged terrain in oak brush and sage 30 miles north of Craig near the Wyoming border. Firefighters on the ground are coordinating with six single-engine air-tankers and a helicopter as they work to keep the fire from moving south towards structures in the area. Additional resources have been ordered. The latest information on the Skunk Creek Fire is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5908/.
The 19,947-acre Divide Fire 23 miles north of Craig was contained at noon today. For information on the Divide Fire, log on to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5897/.
The 1,636-acre Thornburg Fire five miles west of Maybell was contained last night. For information on the Thornburg Fire, log on to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5903/.