Sheriff: Fire estimated to be 2,000 acres
Second wildfire reported on Colorado Highway 13, near Wyoming/Colorado border
June 19, 2012
Craig — 9:30 p.m.
The fire on U.S. Highway 40 is believed to have burned about 2,000 acres, but Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz stressed that figure is still a rough estimate.
No injuries or fatalities are reported, and no structures were burned in the fire.
The blaze originated near milepost 79. The cause is "undetermined but under investigation,” Jantz said.
A part of the Westview Subdivision was evacuated, and pre-evacuation warnings were sent to Western Knolls residents via reverse 911 calls and deputies visiting houses door-to-door, Jantz said.
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Western Knolls has not been evacuated.
According to dispatchers at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, there is a second wildfire occurring on Colorado Highway 13 north, near the Wyoming/Colorado border. Information is limited, but the dispatcher said the Bureau of Land Management and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office have responded.
8 p.m. update
BHI, a contractor with Shell Oil, is assisting by hauling water. BLM firefighters are now using a helicopter with a scoop to fight the fire.
Byron Willems, of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District, reported that fire officials have laid down a fire break built by first responders near Moffat County Road 212, about two miles east of the fire’s origin, saving homes in that immediate area.
But, due to high winds, the fire continues to move northeast. Flames and smoke are visible north of junction U.S. 40 and County Road 212.
Fire containment crews are working ahead of the blaze and continue to build fire breaks.
No structures have been damaged and there are no injuries .
Craig Fire/Rescue is in charge at the scene. Also assisting is the Colorado State Patrol, and an ambulance crew from The Memorial Hospital in Craig.
Craig Fire/Rescue, the Bureau of Land Management, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Craig Police Department are on the scene about 10 miles west of town on U.S. Highway 40 battling a wildfire.
The fire was reported to be two acres but has likely grown larger.
Officials said the fire is not threatening any structures at this time.
Police Department Commander Bill Leonard is asking the public to keep traffic moving near the area so there isn’t congestion.