Firing operations wrap up on Indian Valley Fire; Sulphur Fire still being monitored | CraigDailyPress.com

Firing operations wrap up on Indian Valley Fire; Sulphur Fire still being monitored

Craig Press staff report

The Indian Valley Fire, which has been burning since July 20 about 16 miles northwest of Meeker, is now at 67-percent containment.

MEEKER — Firefighting crews are continuing to monitor the Sulphur Fire, which has burned about 977 acres about 5 miles north of Meeker since being ignited by a lightning strike July 22. According to a Sunday, July 30 news release from firenet.gov, the fire, burning in oak brush and tall grass, was 95-percent contained as of Sunday. Smoke was observed within containment lines Saturday, and resources remain to monitor, patrol, and respond, as needed.

Rio Blanco County Road 11, which had been closed due to the Sulphur Fire, was reopened Sunday, July 29, however, motorists should be aware that fire vehicles continue to travel between RBCR 11 and Barone Middle School.

Indian Valley Fire

Nearby, at the Indian Valley Fire, located about 16 miles northwest of Meeker, firing operations are wrapping up, according to the release. This blaze, which was ignited by lightning June 20, has burned about 6,310 acres in grass, brush, pinyon, and juniper, was 67-percent contained as of Sunday.

Firing operations on the eastern flank of the Indian Valley Fire were completed Saturday. reducing unburned fuels in the interior and along the perimeter. On Sunday, crews worked to monitor fire activity, mop up hot spots, reinforce containment lines, and repair fire suppression impacts.

The western flank of the fire continues to be monitored by air.

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Motorists are still advised to avoid the area around the Indian Valley fire due to heavy traffic and firefighting operations near Colorow BLM 1515.

The news release advised that firing operations produced considerable smoke Saturday. After containment has been reached, small amounts of smoke may still be observed until significant precipitation occurs. From information about smoke impacts, visit colorado.gov/airquality/colo_smoke.aspx.

More information about wildfire operations in the area can be found at the following websites.

• InciWeb Sulphur Fire: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6001

• Inciweb Indian Valley Fire: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6000

• Rio Blanco County Facebook page: facebook.com/pg/rioblancocountysheriffsoffice/reviews

• Fire restrictions: blm.gov/press-release/fire-restrictions-begin-friday-july-7-blm-lands-white-river-field-office