Rain helps rein in Northwest Colorado wildfires | CraigDailyPress.com

Rain helps rein in Northwest Colorado wildfires

MEEKER, Colo. (AP) Overnight rain helped crews contain a 1,000-acre fire in northwest Colorado on Tuesday.

The fire 25 miles west of Meeker was fully contained by Tuesday afternoon, said Lynn Barclay, spokeswoman for the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center.

”Only the larger material was left burning and crews moved that to the interior of the burned area so it won’t spread,” said Randy Lownes, planning section chief.

Barclay said investigators ruled out lightning as the cause of the fire, so they believe a person started it. Seventy-one firefighters were assigned to the fire, which was reported Sunday.

Barclay said two lightning-sparked fires near Dinosaur National Monument hadn’t grown in several days. The fires have scorched a total of 3,243 acres since late July.

Crews are letting the fires take their course because it’s in a remote area and no buildings are threatened, according to Barclay.

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