190-acre blaze west of Elk Springs in Moffat County is 50 percent contained | CraigDailyPress.com

190-acre blaze west of Elk Springs in Moffat County is 50 percent contained

Patrick Kelly

according to an announcement Tuesday morning by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell in a video posted to social media.

As of late Thursday afternoon, the Wolf Fire 10 miles west of Elk Springs in Moffat County was 50 percent contained.

There are no injuries or threatened structures reported.

According to Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit spokesperson Lynn Barclay, the fire was sparked by a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon and is estimated to cover 190 acres as of Thursday morning.

Primary responders included Artesia Fire Protection District, based in Dinosaur, Moffat County Sheriff's Department and Bureau of Land Management. On Thursday, firefighters from the Dinosaur National Monument and the Craig Hotshot crew joined BLM engines in suppressing the fire.

Barclay said the fire is burning in a dense area of sagebrush, grass, pinyon pine and juniper trees.

"They are what we call continuous fuel, which means they're pretty thick," she said. "And so that's why the fire is moving through it — it's not running into a lot of patchy areas."

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Artesia Fire Protection District responded with two engines, Moffat County sent one and BLM sent another two. Engines have three to four firefighters this time of year, Barclay said.

"A lot of folks that fill out our seasonal fire crews have gone back to school or whatever," she said.

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