Fire Managers Battle Several Lightning Sparked Fires

WILDFIREThe Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit responded to eight lightning caused wildland fires in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties yesterday late afternoon.  In Moffat County, the Seven Fire was located about 16 miles northwest of Maybell on BLM land in the Sand Wash Basin area. It was burning primarily in pinion and juniper trees and was contained by 5 yesterday at one tenth acre.  The Dezarae Fire was six miles north of Maybell on BLM land burning in pinion/juniper trees and contained around 7:30 at one tenth acre.  The Elk Fire about a mile south of the Dezarae Fire is one tenth acre and was contained this morning at 7.  In Rio Blanco County, BLM fire crews responded to five wildland fires within a couple miles of each other in the Piceance Basin area. Three of the fires are on BLM land and one on private land. All are burning in pinion/juniper, grass and brush. Three of the fires have not been contained.  The largest was the Hidden Fire at one acre and was contained last night just before 10:30.  The Roadside Fire was the only incident on private land and was contained at 9 last night at one tenth acre.  No structures are threatened and no injuries reported.