The BLM reported Saturday night that firefighter were working three fires under Red Flag conditions in northwestern Colorado. More than 40 firefighters, five engines, four heavy air tankers, six single engine air tankers, and a helicopter were working the 500-acre Hunter Fire about 20 miles southwest of Meeker. Smoke from this fire was visible from the Colorado River corridor and Craig. The fire was started by lightning. Oil and gas infrastructure is in the area. Firefighters do not have a containment estimate.
The Temple Fire burned 65 acres Friday about 25 miles west of Craig but did not grow significantly Saturday as 40 firefighters secured fire lines. Firefighters do not have a containment estimate. The fire is mostly on BLM land with a small amount of private land.
Eight firefighters are closely monitoring the Cross Fire, which burned 55-acres Friday in a rugged, remote area on BLM land in the Cross Mountain Wilderness Study Area. The lightning-ignited fire did not grow significantly Saturday and is being checked by natural features. Firefighters will take suppression action if needed.
A Red Flag Warning signifying weather conditions that can lead to large fire growth remains in effect in northwestern Colorado through Monday night.