Prescribed Moffat County burn pushes past boundary

Fire officials not anticipating problems in containing 100-acre burn

An unexpected wind gust pushed the Bureau of Land Management’s Jack Springs II prescribed burn outside the identified boundary shortly after ignition Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

The fire crossed Moffat County Road 56 and spread to about 150 acres, fire officials reported. Ground and air resources were ordered to suppress the fire.

Air tankers and a heavy helicopter slowed the fire’s spread with retardant and water drops, according to the release.

Fire activity slowed Tuesday night and “fire personnel are not anticipating any containment problems,” fire officials reported.

Crews on the scene worked late into Tuesday night and built a line around the fire, and work continued Wednesday.

Two 20-person hand crews worked to reinforce the fire line and are continuing mop up work. Air tankers have been released from the fire, but a helicopter remains available.

Engines from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Fish and Wildlife were also released Tuesday, but remain available if needed.

The fire burned one power pole, but no structures have been threatened.

The prescribed burn project site is 10 miles west of Greystone in the Jack Springs Draw area.

The objective was to reduce hazardous fuels and lessen the threat of wildland fire to area residents. The project was planned for 221 acres.

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