Firefighters see 65 percent containment in Indian Valley, 95 percent in Sulphur Fire | CraigDailyPress.com

Firefighters see 65 percent containment in Indian Valley, 95 percent in Sulphur Fire

Craig Press staff report

The Indian Valley Fire burns near Meeker. As of Saturday morning, the blaze was 65 percent contained.

MEEKER – City, county, state and federal agencies continue to make progress toward containment of the Indian Valley and Sulphur fires.

The Indian Valley Fire, located about 16 miles northwest of Meeker, is about 65 percent contained and has burned 5,715 acres of land, according to a Saturday update from the Bureau of Land Management. The bureau has determined the fire was caused by lightning.

Fire crews continued burnout operations along the eastern flank, as air support monitored fire activity on the western sections. Burnout operations will continue the next few days, weather permitting.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area due to heavy traffic along roads in the vicinity, as well as firefighters working near Colorow BLM 1515.

Smoke plumes within the Indian Valley burn area are likely for the duration of the burnout operation. After containment has been attained, small amounts of smoke maybe still be seen within both fire areas until significant precipitation occurs.

The Sulphur Fire, located about 5 miles north of Meeker, is about 95 percent contained and has burned 977 acres. This fire was also caused by lightning.

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Despite the rough terrain and afternoon weather, fire crews made progress towards containment. Crews will seek to extinguish hot spots along the fire perimeter, and air support will continue, as weather allows.

County Road 11 will remain closed to the public as fire vehicles continue to travel along roads between CR 11 and Barone Middle School.