Moffat County smoke reports stem from Wyoming, Utah fires

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Numerous reports of smoke called into the Craig Interagency Fire Dispatch Center on Sunday afternoon were the result of fires burning in Utah and Wyoming, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release.

The August Fire is burning two miles west of the Colorado border in Utah. The 150-acre fire started Aug. 26, and is being monitored.

“People in western Rio Blanco County reported they saw smoke (Sunday) afternoon, as high winds kicked up fire activity on that incident,” fire officials reported in the news release.

One engine has been assigned to fight the August Fire.

The Deep Creek prescribed fire is about 1,000 acres and located 12 miles northeast of Baggs, Wyo. A storm passing over the fire caused erratic fire behavior and increased the fire activity, according to the news release.

A second fire in Wyoming is 1,200 acres and is 18 miles north of Kemmerer.

A red flag warning was in eff-

ect across much of Colorado on Sunday due to high winds and low relative humidity.

However, there are currently no wildland fires burning in Northwest Colorado.

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