No new growth Monday on 4,700-acre Pine Tree Fire south of Maybell | CraigDailyPress.com

No new growth Monday on 4,700-acre Pine Tree Fire south of Maybell

The Pine Tree Fire spread quickly Saturday and Sunday through sagebrush, grasses and juniper south of Maybell near Moffat County Road 57. Though crews have yet to achieve any official containment, growth on the 4,700-acre fire was halted Monday, thanks to the work of firefighters and higher humidity levels.

The Pine Tree Fire burning about 10 miles south of Maybell saw no new growth Monday thanks to the work of fire crews and higher than expected humidity levels, according to a Tuesday morning update on Inciweb.

The lightning-caused fire started Saturday afternoon and quickly exploded to an estimated 4,444 acres by Sunday evening.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, the fire registered at 4,732 acres with no containment, with the increased acreage due to more accurate mapping, the update said. Officials estimate they'll have full containment of the fire by Friday.

Two thirds of the burn area, or nearly 3,200 acres, is on private land, according to Dawn Sanchez with Rocky Mountain Incident Team Black. At least three ranches lie to the south and northeast flanks of the fire, Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume told the Craig Press Sunday.

The remainder is burning on Bureau of Land Management land and a small portion of state land. No structures are threatened.

The fire is burning near Moffat County Road 57, which was temporarily closed and reopened Monday afternoon to vehicle traffic, though officials warn those traveling on the road to use caution due to heavy fire traffic.

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Rocky Mountain Incident Team Black took over firefighting efforts Monday, transferring some resources from the Deep Creek Fire in western Routt County, including the Wyoming Hot Shots team.

Currently 115 personnel are working the fire, which is burning in mostly grasses, sage and lighter fuels to the north and in widely spaced juniper to the south the update said. Crews are working "to reinforce the natural fire break of the ridges to the east" on the southern end of the fire.

Moffat County Sheriff's Office led initial efforts to fight the fire over the weekend with BLM, Maybell Fire, Craig Fire/Rescue and the National Park Service.

Team Black predicted Tuesday that weather conditions will gradually warm up and dry out through mid-week with scattered thunderstorms possible in the afternoons.

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