Lightning-caused Pine Tree Fire burns more than 4,000 acres near Maybell | CraigDailyPress.com

Lightning-caused Pine Tree Fire burns more than 4,000 acres near Maybell

Multiple Northwest Colorado agencies responded to a fire near Moffat County Road 57. Pine Tree Fire has burned more than 4,000 acres.

Multiple Northwest Colorado agencies continued to work to suppress a wildfire caused by lightning late Saturday afternoon in western Moffat County, which, as of Sunday evening, had grown to 4,444 acres with zero percent containment.

The blaze, dubbed Pine Tree Fire, is located about 15 miles south of Maybell near Moffat County Road 57, which has been closed at its intersection with U.S. Highway 40 to the north and south to the Rio Blanco County line.

The fire “grew rapidly due to weather conditions and topography,” according to a Facebook post by the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Saturday night.

The fire is believed to have been caused by one of several lightning strikes from a storm cell that moved through Moffat and Rio Blanco counties on Saturday, Moffat County Sheriff K.C. Hume said.

There are three ranches on the south and northeast flanks of the fire.

“No injuries have been reported, and no structures have been lost,” Hume said. “Suppression efforts continue.”

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Crews responding from Maybell Fire, Bureau of Land Management, Craig Fire/Rescue and the National Park Service were working with aircraft support to limit the spread of the fire, as additional resources continued to arrive on the scene Sunday.

Effective at midnight Sunday, Team Black — a Type 2 Incident Team — assumed operational control of firefighting efforts.

"It allows local resources some down time to get some rest, and it frees up local resources to continue to respond to other incidents that happen in our local area," Hume said.

Craig Press will have more on this story as it develops.

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