July 11, 2012
Bureau of Land Management firefighters backfire along Moffat County Road 59 South late Tuesday night while battling the Cedar Knob Fire about 20 miles south of Maybell. Back firing is a containment strategy that entails firefighters going ahead of the fire and conducting prescribed burn operations.
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Lightning believed to be cause of wildfire
Firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office are battling what officials have named the Cedar Knob Fire. The wildfire, located on private land off Moffat County Road 59 South about 20 miles south of Maybell in an area known locally as Temple Draw, is believed to have been ignited by lightning. Pete Shelton, who owns the property, said he was “raking” hay at 4 p.m. when he heard thunder and smelled smoke. He immediately called the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.