New fire ignites in northwest Moffat County

— The Bureau of Land Management reported a new fire in northwest Moffat County on Tuesday.

It’s called the Disappointment Fire and has grown to 60 acres. Fire crews are on the scene and attacking the blaze from above. The fire apparently started from lightning strikes.

The 60-acre fire is 4.5 miles northwest of Elk Springs and moving predominantly north and east.

The closest home is 5 miles from the edge of the blaze and the closest private land is 1 mile to the south. Both appear to be safe at this time and not in the fire’s path, said Lynn Barclay, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Land Management.

“I think they are getting a handle on it because (the fire crew) originally requested two 20-man crews but sent one of them home,” Barclay said.

In addition to the hotshot crew are one BLM squad and two wildland engines.

Two heavy air tankers have been battling the fire from the sky, dropping retardant and one helicopter dousing the blaze with water.

High winds resulted in the fire’s growth Tuesday afternoon, but the fire crews plan to take advantage of calm conditions Tuesday night to get around the edge of the blaze and hopefully have it contained by Wednesday, Barclay said.

A red flag warning is in effect and will be until at least 10 p.m. Thursday. Residents should not light any kind of outdoor fire and make sure all embers from burning materials such as cigarettes are extinguished.

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