Closures remain in effect for Boone Draw fire burning in Moffat County
CRAIG – Emergency area closure and Moffat County road closures around the Boone Draw and Three Wash fires remain in effect.
Temporary Emergency road closures were put in place by the Bureau of Land Management. Moffat County Road 67, normally the preferred access route for wild horse viewing, and other County Roads are closed to all traffic. Visitors looking for horse viewing opportunities can access the horse Management Area by way of County Road 75, along the Sevenmile Ridge area north of the fire.
On Sunday, the smaller Three Wash fire was reported contained to 369 acres. Fire behavior continued to be moderate over the Boone Draw Fire Sunday, with no significant growth and no visible smoke column reported.
The fire was 8,683 acres as of Sunday morning. Firefighters are applying a full-suppression strategy while preventing unnecessary impact to greater sage-grouse habitat, cultural resources, and wild horse habitat within the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Herd Management Area.
Weather continues to be hot and dry with gusty winds; those conditions are expected to hold through at least Tuesday. Such conditions typically promote fire growth. With this in mind, firefighters are working aggressively, given safe opportunities, to achieve containment.
Approximately 150 personnel are assigned to the fire, including 17 engines, four hand crews, three ignitions specialists, one dozer, two graders, two water tenders, one Type 1- and one Type 3 helicopter.
Boone Draw Fire ignited on BLM land on Thursday, Sept. 13; the cause is under investigation.
No structures or other infrastructure are threatened.
The fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management and private land 50 miles west of Craig. It’s burning in pinyon-juniper, grass, and sage in the southwestern portion of the Sand Wash Basin HMA, north of Highway 318.
Moffat County and BLM-administered lands within the Little Snake Field Office are under Stage 1 fire restrictions.
For information on fire restrictions visit http://www.moffatcountysheriff.com/pdf/Fire%20Restictions%20Press%20release%202018-2_Stage%201.pdf.
For information on area closures visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6207/.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has unanimously approved a multiyear expansion of the Public Access Program, which provides limited, seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities on Colorado trust land across the state.