UPDATE: Meeting Tuesday Night To Talk Dead Dog Fire

The Dead Dog Fire burning 10 miles north of Rangely, which was estimated at 40 acres Sunday night, grew to more than 5,000 acres yesterday due to wind gusts exceeding 70 miles an hour. The rapid growth forced the closure of Highway 40 between Dinosaur and Skull Valley for about 5 hours yesterday afternoon and resulted in the evacuation of Blue Mountain. Both the closure and the evacuation were lifted around 7 last night. Moffat County Road 134 and 61 and Rio Blanco County Road 1 and 65 are still closed due to the blaze. A public meeting will be held Tuesday night to discuss the fire, at the EEC Building  in Rangely, beginning at 5:30. Despite the strong winds, crews were able to limit the growth of the Hunter Fire, burning 20 miles southwest of Meeker, to less than 100 acres yesterday. The 1,063 acre fire is estimated at 30% contained. Crews were also able to maintain control of the Cross Fire, 35 miles west of Craig, keeping the fire to less than 60 acres. High winds are again expected throughout the day, with gusts of 40 miles per hour possible, which could increase the fire activity.

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