BLM responds to 8 small, lightning-caused fires |

BLM responds to 8 small, lightning-caused fires

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit responded to eight lightning-caused wildland fires in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties late Wednesday afternoon, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management.

Five of the eight fires have been contained.

Lightning from thunderstorms were the cause of all the reported wildland fires.

In Moffat County, the Seven Fire was located about 16 miles northwest of Maybell on BLM public land in the Sand Wash Basin area. It burned primarily pinion and juniper trees and was contained by 5 p.m. at one-tenth of an acre.

The Dezarae Fire was 6 miles north of Maybell on BLM land burning pinion/juniper trees and contained at about 7:30 p.m. — it also burned one-tenth of an acre.

The Elk Fire was located roughly a mile south of the Dezarae Fire and was one-tenth of an acre. It was contained at 7:10 a.m. Thursday.

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, BLM and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service responded to the incidents.

In Rio Blanco County, BLM fire crews responded to five wildland fires within a couple miles of one another in the Piceance Basin area 22 to 25 miles southwest of Meeker. Three of the fires are on BLM-managed land and one on private land. Three of the fires have not been contained and are burning pinion/juniper, grass and brush.

The largest was the Hidden Fire, burning 1 acre. It was contained at 10:21 p.m. Wednesday.

The Roadside Fire was the only incident on private land and was contained at 9 p.m. Wednesday, burning one-tenth of an acre.

No structures are threatened and no injuries reported.