Little Snake Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
455 Emerson St.
Craig, CO 81625
July 10, 2018, 8 p.m.
Contact: David Boyd, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, 970-876-9008
Fire growth minimal on northwest Colorado fires today
CRAIG, Colo. – Firefighters in northwestern Colorado had a successful day checking the growth of the larger fires in the area.
Firefighters increased containment of the 1,400-acre Fawn Fire to 75 percent. It is burning in pinyon-juniper in a rugged, remote area of the Piceance Basin about 30 miles southwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County. No structures are immediately threatened. Fawn Fire updates are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5906/.
The 91-acre Sprague Fire 20 miles southwest of Meeker near Rio Blanco County Road 5 has not grown since making an active run last night. The 76-acre Smith Fire eight miles north of Meeker also has not grown since last night.
A type 2 incident management team will assume management of those three fires tomorrow. This will free local resources to focus on potential new fires.
Firefighters were able to keep the 620-acre Skunk Creek Fire from burning south towards Bakers Peak and Wilderness Ranch yesterday. It is now 60 percent contained. It also has grown very little since last night. It is burning in rugged terrain in oak brush and sage 30 miles north of Craig near the Wyoming border. The latest information on the Skunk Creek Fire is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5908/.