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West Fire

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Little Snake Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Colorado
Craig, CO 81625

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June 24 West Fire Morning Update

West Fire Wildfire
News – 6/24/2021

West Fire Update
Thursday, June 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black
Troy Hagan, Incident Commander 

Crews continue securing West Fire containment lines; rain possible today

Current Situation: Yesterday, the West Fire saw little growth. The fire is currently 3,401 acres and remains 30% contained. On Wednesday, firefighters worked primarily on the north end of the fire to secure existing fire line and prevent further fire spread to the north. The fire’s growth was the result of crews completing firing operations to secure existing fire lines. 

Today, crews will continue securing and strengthening fire lines on all sides of the fire. Unburned fuel inside containment lines will continue to burn and may produce smoke that will be visible as these interior pockets of fuel continue to burn inside established fire lines. 

Weather & Fuel Conditions:
Weather over the West Fire is expected to moderate today with partly scattered showers in the morning and scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. If thunderstorms develop over the next 24-48 hours, gusty, erratic winds and dry lightning are possible. Chances of rain will remain high Thursday night and into early Friday. This will cause temperatures to decrease and humidity to increase. Temperatures today are expected to be 45-68º in the fire area and a minimum humidity of 38%. West winds are forecasted to be 10-15 mph with gusts of 20 mph. Cloud cover, higher humidity, and lower temperatures are expected contribute to moderated fire behavior today. 

Closures and Evacuations:
Moffat County Sheriff’s Office has closed portions of Moffat County Roads 72 and 10N in the fire area for the protection of the public and fire personnel.

Temporary Flight Restrictions:
Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place over the West Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fires, all aircraft will be grounded until the drone is confirmed as clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Fire Restrictions:
Stage I fire restrictions are in place for all BLM lands in northwest Colorado. For more information on BLM fire restrictions, please visit https://go.usa.gov/x6VPj. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office has Stage 1 fire restrictions in place for all un-incorporated private and state lands in Moffat County. For more information on Moffat County fire restrictions, please visit https://tinyurl.com/fce43b6u. Stage 2 fire restrictions will begin on BLM and Moffat County lands at 12:01 a.m. on June 25. 

West Fire Statistics:
Size: 3,401 acres
Containment: 30%
Location: 80 miles northwest of Craig, CO
Reported: June 20, 12:18 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

For More Information:
Fire Information Office: (970) 329-2216
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7574/ 
Facebook: @BLMColoradoFire
Twitter: @BLMColoradoFire
Email: 2021.West@firenet.gov