Fires in western Moffat County contained |

Fires in western Moffat County contained

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

A 540-acre fire north of Maybell, as well as several smaller fires, all caused by lightning, were contained Wednesday, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

The Adobe Fire, located 15 miles north of Maybell in the Great Divide area, was reported at about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire quickly spread through sagebrush and cheatgrass, reaching 540 acres, fire officials reported.

Moffat County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Land Management engines responded to the fire, along with a four-person hand squad from the BLM and a Moffat County water tender. The fire was contained by 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The majority of the fire involved private, land with a small portion on state lands. No structures were threatened.

A second fire, the Juniper Fire, was reported at about 6 p.m. Tuesday in Axial Basin, about 25 miles west of Craig.

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The Juniper Fire was on about one-fourth of an acre of private land and was contained by 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, fire officials reported.

Ten more fires — eight in Moffat County and two in Rio Blanco County — were reported Wednesday. All were about one-tenth of an acre and were caused by lightning.

All 10 fires were contained Wednesday.

No fires were reported Thursday; fire crews patrolled for holdovers, which are lightning strikes that can smolder and not develop into flames until optimal conditions exist, fire officials reported.

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