Cedar Fire containment near Craig anticipated for Saturday


Winter Fire

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported Friday that Winter Fire is 100 percent contained.

The lightning-caused blaze burned 44 acres of Bureau of Land Management public land near Elk Springs in Moffat County.

A Dinosaur National Monument engine has been assigned to patrol the area.

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit announced Friday that firefighters anticipate full containment of the Cedar Fire today.

The Cedar Fire began about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on Bureau of Land Management public land off Moffat County Road 7. The fire burned 71 acres on Cedar Mountain, one outbuilding and one power pole, fire officials reported. There have been no injuries.

The cause of the Cedar Fire is still under investigation.

Returning to the scene Friday were two BLM engines and a three-person hand squad to continue mop-up operations.

“People can expect to see some smoke within the interior of the fire over the next few days,” Incident Commander Michael St. Martin said. “We’ll have engines out here working and patrolling for the next week.”

According to the release, barricades at the entrance to Cedar Mountain recreation area have been removed, but the road leading to communication towers remains closed.

Hazardous conditions exist due to fire suppression activities that have disturbed rocks and other materials, the unit reported

Fire officials request the public avoid the fire and burned areas because of rolling debris and unstable soils.

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