Fires force closures of Moffat County roads near Sand Wash Basin
MAYBELL — Friday dawned on another active fire day in northwestern Moffat County, as two wildfires that broke out late Thursday morning continued to burn northwest of Maybell in the vicinity of Colorado Highway 318, prompting the closure of three county roads in the area.
At 1 p.m. Friday, Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume reported the fires had prompted closures on Moffat County roads 46, 67, and 52, but added that, contrary to rumor, Colorado Highway 318 remained open.
According to scanner traffic, firefighters were monitoring the situation and preparing to start a fireline if the blaze turned back toward the roadway.
According to wildcad.net, Craig’s Interagency Dispatch Center, as of Thursday afternoon, the Three Wash Fire had grown to 369 acres and was burning in pine juniper, grass, and brush northwest of Maybell on 318.
Meanwhile, the much larger Boone Draw Fire — which wildcad.net reported at 5,994 acres as of 11:45 p.m. Thursday — was burning in pine juniper, grass, and brush farther northwest along Highway 318 and had reportedly crossed into the Sand Wash Basin.
Fire personnel have not yet been available for comment regarding updated acreage numbers.
In addition, the National Weather Service extended a fire watch for Northwest Colorado and northeastern Utah until 10 p.m. Saturday, reporting that fire danger remained high due to gusty winds and low humidity.
This story is developing, and the Craig Press will provide updates as more information becomes available.
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