Firefighters continue work on blaze near Meeker |

Firefighters continue work on blaze near Meeker

Josh Nichols

A Type II incident management team arrived in Meeker Monday night to help battle the PiRidge wildfire burning 28 miles Northwest of Meeker.

The lightning-caused fire has burned 1,450 acres of Bureau of Land Management and state land as of this morning.

There are three team types. Type I teams are used to fight the largest wildfires.

The Type II team joined 38 firefighters who have been fighting the blaze since Saturday.

As of this morning, 25 percent of the fire was contained. Full containment is expected by Wednesday night, according to the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center.

So far no homes have been evacuated in the area and the only road closing is BLM Road 1509.

“There’s still no moisture and the overnight humidity is so low that plants are just getting drier every day,” said Charley Martin, fire ecologist at the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center. “Fuels this dry lead to extreme and erratic fire behavior. Our top priority is to keep everybody safe.”

Although four small fires are burning in Northwest Colorado, a spokesperson for the dispatch center said resources are still OK.

“Right now we have what we need,” said Diann Pipher, fire information officer with the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center. “Should anything else happen it might be a problem with the large fires burning in Colorado and Arizona.”

Other fires burning in Northwest Colorado include:

The Spring Creek Fire, burning five miles east of Rangely. The fire is burning 25 acres of land and containment is expected by tonight.

The Brushy Point Fire, burning 18 miles southeast of Rangely. The fire has burned about 30 acres and is being fought by crews from Steamboat Springs and Meeker. It has been 50 percent contained.

The Black’s Gulch Fire, burning 13 miles east of Meeker. The fire has burnt 25 acres and a Meeker squad is battling that blaze.

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