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Friday night fires spark near Hayden rest area, Craig Station

Craig Press Staff Report

Editor’s Note: This story was updated 11:53 a.m.

A wildfire north of the Hayden rest area was among many fires that began Friday night during storming in Northwest Colorado.

West Routt Fire Fire Protection District Chief Del Leck said the fire was sparked by lightning about 7 p.m. with sagebrush acting as the primary fuel source.

He estimated the fire has burned between 25 to 35 acres of land and they are at 70 percent containment as of 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

Leck expects full containment by Saturday evening or at the very latest, Sunday morning.

The cool and moist Friday night played a large role in helping crews with containment, Leck said, adding a lot of factors worked in their favor with a lot of luck on their side.

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“I was expecting to get help from the Craig Fire District when it started, but it seems like they were already busy with a fire,” Leck said.

Leck thanked fire personnel from Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek for pitching in with the call.

Craig Fire/Rescue was responding to numerous lightning-caused fire calls that came up, including a fuel tank at the Moffat County Shop, as well as a small fire south of Craig in the vicinity of Craig Station and Trapper Mine.

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief KC Hume confirmed the latter blaze was contained quickly at 9.5 acres Friday night following the lightning strike.

“Certainly weather patterns are changing as we move into September, but fire conditions still remain extremely high,” Hume said.