Lightning Strikes Cause Several Wildfires

WILDFIREA few wildland fires were started on Bureau of Land Management land yesterday, all caused by lightning. The Juniper Fire, 23 miles west of Craig off Moffat County Road 53, was contained last night at three acres. An air tanker dropped one load of retardant to slow the fire’s advance toward private land. There were four wildland fires reported in Rio Blanco County yesterday afternoon. The Hay Canyon Fire is south of Highway 64 on the northern point of Calamity Ridge and one acre. The fire will be allowed to burn to natural barriers in order to obtain desired benefits to the land. The Rangely Volunteer Fire Department responded to the White Face Fire and had it contained at one tenth acre. The Fletcher Gulch fire was contained at one tenth acre. Fire crews were unable to reach a wildland fire reported in west Rio Blanco County due to rain and conditions. BLM fire personnel are returning to that location today. Even though there has been some rain across the area, grass and other fine fuels dry out quickly and become receptive to fire. Fire danger is moderate in Northwest Colorado but fire managers urge people to remain vigilant with using fire outdoors.

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