Lightning ignites blazes

Agencies respond to four wildfires

— After being called to the scene of four wildland fires Wednesday evening, Thursday afternoon showers came as a welcome sight to local fire departments and crews.

"Hopefully this rain will keep up for awhile and help us out," Moffat County undersheriff Charlene Abdella said.

Crews were called out early Wednesday evening to battle scattered wildland fires - scorching more than 3,600 acres across the county. Abdella said lightning was determined as the cause behind each of the fires.

The worst of the lot, the 3,500-acre Lone Tree Fire seven miles west of Maybell, burned Bureau of Land Management and private land. BLM, Maybell and Moffat County Sheriff's Office crews collaborated to fight the fire, Abdella said.

Abdella said Thursday afternoon the fire was controlled and being monitored.

Likewise for the second-largest fire, called the Willow Creek Fire, which burned 100 acres of BLM ground near Baker's Peak. Abdella said fire crews could not get aircraft resources for the fire, and the terrain negated trucks getting to the blaze.

However, crews from the sheriff's office, BLM and Craig Fire/Rescue monitored the blaze, which has been brought under control, Abdella said.

Smaller fires that also began Wednesday have been extinguished.

The Timberlakes Fire, near Moffat County Road 3, burned about two acres before crews put it down. A fire near Moffat County Road 19 burned about 20 trees before it was knocked down, Abdella said.

"That one was taken care of, mostly by the rain," the undersheriff said.

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