Becky Plummer

Officials expect Wolf Fire containment Thursday

Moffat County to remain in stage 2 fire restrictions

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The Wolf Fire continues to burn in Moffat County, but fire officials are optimistic the blaze can be fully contained by Thursday.

If so, it would be a day earlier than estimates reported last weekend by officials with the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

Although the fire remains active, it has not grown in acreage, according to a Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit news release issued Monday.

The Wolf Fire remains at 6,100 acres.

It is 90-percent contained. Most of the burning was confined to trees and vegetation within the designated fire perimeter, the release states.

No aerial support was required Monday and on Tuesday two engines, three 20-person hand crews and a water tender returned to battle active portions of the fire.

The rest of the remaining 200 personnel assigned to the Wolf Fire are mopping up and cold trailing to ensure hot spots near the fire line are extinguished.

The Wolf Fire was ignited by a lightning strike Friday afternoon.

Though oil and gas facilities remain at risk about three miles south of the blaze, no structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.

While firefighters worked to contain the Wolf Fire, county, state and federal officials met Tuesday to address the varying fire conditions throughout Northwest Colorado.

Colt Mortenson, BLM fire management officer, compiled and presented data about live fuel moistures, drought indexes, available resources and the number of human-caused fires lit in the unit this summer.

Upon receiving that information, many officials opted to reduce or completely rescind fire restrictions in their respective jurisdictions.

But because fire danger remains high in Moffat County stage 2 fire restrictions will remain in effect on county and federally managed lands until further notice, said Lynn Barclay, public information officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

“As you can see, Moffat County and the land management agencies within the county are holding at stage 2,” she said. “This is due to our high fire danger, the fact that we continue to pick up fires, and are still wrapping up a 6,000-acre fire (near Elk Springs).

"Clearly our conditions are different than some other areas.”

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