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Crews battling blaze

2,200-acre fire reported near Wyoming state line

Dan Olsen






Collin Smith

— Firefighters are battling a 2,200-acre blaze that started in northern Moffat County at about 4 p.m. Monday.

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management firefighters, as well as members of the Craig and Baggs fire departments, are fighting the fire, which is burning between Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig and Moffat County Road 101. The fire is east of Colo. 13 near Wyoming.

It was reported that the fire started when a camper blew a tire that led to a grass fire.

“We have concerns about the Bakers Peak area,” Sheriff Tim Jantz said. “There have been swirling winds that have changed direction frequently.”

Jantz said no homes were being threatened Monday evening, but firefighters are watching County Road 101 carefully because there are ranches on the east side of the road away from the fire.

Two aerial retardant drops were made on the fire Monday as evening approached, and the situation will be evaluated this morning before a decision is made to resume flights over the fire, Jantz said.

The fire line Monday evening included 24 firefighters using 14 trucks and two motor graders.

The fire is burning on state trust lands, and fire crews are expected to remain on scene for at least the next couple of days, Jantz said.

“We’re asking people to stay off the county roads where the fire trucks are working for the next few days,” he said.


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