Fire officials: Wolf Fire now 4,200 acres

UPDATE:

Fire crews and engines have established a fireline on the north flank of the Wolf Fire with the majority of perimeter growth on the southern end.

“Crews have been working hard and made good progress today,” Incident Commander Mike Fralicks said. “We need to wait and see if the fireline on the north holds when tested by higher winds.”

Two single engine air tankers have been dropping retardant to allow ground crews an opportunity to work the fire’s edge.

The Moffat Count Road and Bridge Department has two road maintainers assisting with access issues. Access to water has been one of the control issues challenging the firefighters. The helicopter assisting with water drops has been dipping out of the White River which is about 10 miles south of the incident.

The Wolf Fire is five miles south of Elk Springs off U.S. Highway 40 in Moffat County. It started on Bureau of Land Management and has burned on to private land.

The cause was lightning. There have been no injuries and no evacuations.

The fire is 10-percent contained. Full containment is anticipated by Aug. 10.

On the Divide Fire, fire personnel have today made good progress and they have been able to get a line around much of the incident. Aerial support from the assigned helicopter dropping water assisted with fireline construction.

The Divide Fire is 250 acres and five miles south of the Wolf Fire on BLM public and private land. The eight smokejumpers, one engine and one 20 person hand crew are mopping up and extinguishing hot spots.

UPDATE:

The Wolf Fire has a type 3 incident management team in place.

Crews worked late Friday night trying to get an anchor point and fireline established. Beginning work this morning are three engines, one hot shot crew and two type 2 crews. Terrain is rough and difficult to navigate and fire behavior has been extreme due to dry fuels and gusty winds.

Fire crews will try to get a jump on the fire this morning before the wind picks up. One helicopter is assigned to conduct water drops or other duties as needed.

The Wolf Fire is five miles south of Elk Springs off Highway 40 in Moffat County. It started on Bureau of Land Management and has moved on to private land.

The cause of the fire was reported as lightning. Thus far, there have been no injuries and no evacuations caused by the fire.

The Divide Fire is 250 acres and five miles south of the Wolf Fire on BLM public land. The eight smokejumpers and one engine continue to build fireline with four engines and two hand crews expected to arrive later today. One helicopter is assigned for bucket work and other duties as necessary.

Fire crews will catch a bit of a break today with winds calming, however low relative humidity and dry conditions will continue.

Air resources available to support ground crews are two single engine air tankers.

FRIDAY NIGHT:

The Wolf Fire, located about five miles south of Elk Springs off U.S. Highway 40 in Moffat County, is burning actively in sagebrush and pinion and juniper trees, fire officials reported Friday night.

Winds up to 35 miles per hour drove the wildfire throughout the day to 700 acres on Bureau of Land Management land. One 20-person hand crew and two engines were on the scene with three more hand crews ordered and additional engines. To slow the fire’s spread, two single-engine air tankers dropped retardant Friday.

Oil and gas facilities are situated about three miles south of the Wolf Fire but winds were out of the west/northwest and moving the fire away from the well pads. Smoke from the Wolf Fire drifted east across Moffat County causing concern with residents. A type 3 incident management team will assume management of the incident today.

The fire was reported at 12:16 p.m. Friday. No structures are immediately threatened.

Another fire, the Divide Fire, is five miles south of the Wolf Fire on BLM public land.

The size is estimated to be 150 acres. Responding were eight smokejumpers and one engine. Ordered to the scene were three engines and one 20-person hand crew. The blaze was reported at 1:28 p.m. Friday. The smokejumpers reported high winds in the area causing the fire to make runs through sagebrush and pinion and juniper trees in the area.

No structures were threatened.

The Piceance Fire, reported Thursday, is contained at 15 acres on BLM public land in Rio Blanco County 15 miles west of Meeker.

The cause of the three fires is the result of dry thunderstorms and lightning.

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