Additional Saturday burning adds to Wolf Fire in Moffat County |

Additional Saturday burning adds to Wolf Fire in Moffat County

according to an announcement Tuesday morning by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell in a video posted to social media.

The Wolf Fire in Moffat County experienced a small additional flare-up Saturday as firefighters worked toward full containment.

An “island” of about five acres caught fire within the larger blaze, creating additional smoke. Tracey Kern, Bureau of Land Management dispatcher, described the spot as a patch of pinyon juniper previously untouched by the heat.

“It’s well within the burn, so it’s nothing to be concerned about,” she said.

The Wolf Fire was originally caused by lightning Wednesday about 10 miles west of Elk Springs and was announced 50 percent contained as of Thursday. With the additional acreage, the fire is about 198 total acres.

Primary responders included Artesia Fire Protection District, based in Dinosaur, Moffat County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Land Management. On Thursday, firefighters from the Dinosaur National Monument and the Craig Hotshot crew joined BLM engines in suppressing the fire.

Efforts will continue through Sunday, said Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit spokesperson Lynn Barclay.

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