Fire near Meeker allowed to burn |

Fire near Meeker allowed to burn

Structures not threatened 20 miles south-southwest of town

Bureau of Land Management engines were planning to let a fire burn after a multi-acre blaze broke out near Meeker Wednesday afternoon. It was still burning by Thursday afternoon

Chris Maestas with BLM said that as of 1 p.m. Thursday, the fire had burned approximately 30 acres. Three BLM engines were on seen and crews were taking advantage of natural barriers to keep the fire in check.

According to a Facebook post by the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, the BLM fire managers were on site along with the White River Field Office where then just four to five acres were burning about 3:30 p.m. near County Road 5 on Barnes Ridge.

A firefighter watches as the Middle Fire blazes 20 miles south-southwest of Meeker.
Courtesy photo / Bureau of Land Management

“Two BLM engines are on scene of the Middle Fire,” the sheriff’s office shared on Facebook Thursday. “No structures are threatened. Fire officials have determined the best course of action is to let the fire burn for resource benefit.”

The post indicated the cause of the fire was believed to be lightning from storms that passed through the area Sunday. Smoke was visible from nearby communities and roads.

Maestas said Thursday that residents of nearby communities should expect smoke to be visible for the next few days.

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