Moffat County’s largest wildfires now contained

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The three largest wildfire that were burning in Moffat County this week have been fully contained, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

The East Fork Fire, located 10 miles south of Elk Springs, covered 675 acres and fire officials are continuing to monitor the blaze.

The Reed Fire, four miles northeast of Greystone, covered 475 acres and will also continue to be monitored.

The Logging Fire, 10 miles southeast of Greystone, covered 1,144 acres and is in mop-up status, fire officials reported.

The 145-acre Twin Buttes Fire, located 25 miles outside of Rangely, is holding. Fire managers do not expect more perimeter growth, and fire activity has been confined to the center.

The Nature Conservancy Fire Module will continue to monitor the Twin Buttes Fire for long-term effects.

Fire activity Thursday in Moffat County was light, with only four new fires. Each one was about one-tenth of an acre and all are contained, the fire management unit reported.

Only one new fire started Friday — a five-acre fire west of Maybell. Fire engines and a helicopter were assigned to control the fire.

Twelve wildfires were reported in Rio Blanco County on Thursday.

The fires, which were all less than an acre, were clustered in the Piceance Basin area, but fire officials reported they are contained.

On Friday, four fires were reported in Rio Blanco County, with one just off Colorado Highway 13, but fire officials said it was in a remote area.

With drier air expected to move in as moisture leaves the area, the possibility of holdover fires exist, fire officials reported.

With warmer and drier areas, when lightning strikes, it may not immediately cause a fire, but may smolder for several days before igniting, becoming the cause of a holdover fire.

Moisture is expected to return to the area in the middle of next week, but until then, fire officials are reminding the public that firefighters and public safety is the first consideration on all wildfire response.

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