UPDATE: New Fire Starts, 3 Others Continue To Burn

Lightning ignited another fire in Northwest Colorado over the weekend near Maybell. The Pine Tree Fire was reported Saturday and as of Monday morning, had consumed more than 4,400 acres and was 0% contained.  The fire has resulted in the closure of Moffat County Road 57 from the intersection of Highway 40 to the Rio Blanco county line. Crews are currently working to limit the spread of the blaze. Crew’s made good progress over the weekend controlling the Himes Peek fire which started Thursday in the Flat Tops, 30 miles east of Meeker. The lightning started Himes Peek Fire is estimated at just over 110 acres and is 85% contained. Growth of the Deep Creek Fire in the Routt National Forest 9 miles east of Hayden slowed over the weekend, with the fire increasing from 3,800 to 4,100 acres. Crews have also increased containment of the Deep Creek Fire, to 62%. The Big Red Fire 5 miles south of the Wyoming state line near Clark, increased from 1,800 acres to nearly 3,000 acres over the weekend. However, crews were able to increase containment of the Lightning Started Big Red Fire to 15% as of Monday morning. Partly cloudy and dry conditions with scattered thunderstorms in the mountains over the next two days may lead to increased fire activity, but crews should catch a break Wednesday and Thursday with rain in the forecast.

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