Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management firefighters respond to the Knez Wildfire 10 miles south of Craig. A lightning strike is the suspected cause of the blaze that burned two acres of private property. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported. Mop up operations continued into late Friday night.

Photo by Joe Moylan

Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management firefighters respond to the Knez Wildfire 10 miles south of Craig. A lightning strike is the suspected cause of the blaze that burned two acres of private property. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported. Mop up operations continued into late Friday night.

Lightning ignites Knez Fire near Craig

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Knez Fire

Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management firefighters responded at 7:30 p.m. Friday to a wildfire burning 10 miles south of Craig.

The Knez Wildfire, located on private property off the Knez Divide Road, was ignited by a lightning strike, said Lynn Barclay, public information officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

Two dozers from nearby Trapper Mine also responded to the scene to construct fire breaks.

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston was serving as incident commander.

At 10:30 p.m. the fire had consumed an estimated two acres and crews were close to completing a fire line around the perimeter of the blaze.

A brief rain storm cooled the fire and slowed its progress, Barclay said.

Though only 16 of the property owner’s 50 cattle grazing in the hay meadow where the fire started had been accounted for, no structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

There was no update on containment late Friday night.

Firefighters were expected to remain on scene to conduct mop up operations.

The Knez Fire was one of five wildfire reports the fire management unit received Friday night.

But only one other fire, burning in Routt County near Hayden, had been confirmed last night, Barclay said.

A lightning strike also is suspected to be the cause of the fire burning in Routt County, she said.

The fire had not been named Friday night and, because resources are stretched so thin, an engine had not yet been assigned to the blaze, according to reports received at press time.

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