Crew expects containment in Meeker fire tonight |

Crew expects containment in Meeker fire tonight

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

A wildfire that began Thursday afternoon 20 miles northwest of Meeker is expected to be contained by tonight, according to a news release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

The Indian Valley Fire began about 1 p.m. Thursday on private land.

It started at six acres, spread to Bureau of Land Management land, and stood at 322 acres by Friday afternoon according to a Global Positioning Unit, fire officials reported.

Firefighters reached 70 percent containment by Friday afternoon.

"The main fire activity (Friday) was smoldering grass and brush and occasional torching of isolated groups of pinyon and juniper trees," fire officials reported.

Fire crews and engines secured flanks Friday, and fireline construction and mop up will continue today with personnel reinforcing the fire perimeter.

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"Fire managers are expecting little, if any, fire growth if wind and weather conditions remain calm," fire officials reported. "(The) release of fire crews will begin (today) as line construction nears completion."

No structures have been destroyed by the fire.

Lighting caused the fire, according to the release.

About 60 fire personnel were assigned to work the blaze, including the Craig Hot Shots.

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