Haze continues as firefighters take advantage of weather for Red Canyon Fire, Indian Valley Fire at 95 percent containment | CraigDailyPress.com

Haze continues as firefighters take advantage of weather for Red Canyon Fire, Indian Valley Fire at 95 percent containment

Craig Press Staff Report

RANGELY – Firefighters are taking advantage of the weather to combat the Red Canyon Fire while the Indian Valley Fire is burning its last embers.

The Red Canyon Fire located 31 miles south of Rangely has now burned 5,766 acres of land with no containment efforts in sight. However, an increase in moisture over the fire area gave firefighters a small window of opportunity to work closer to the fire’s edge according to the Bureau of Land Management’s release. The forecast for continued hot, dry and windy weather will again promote active fire behavior.

Secondary containment lines have been prepared around much of the fire area in preparation for possible burnout operations should the need arise. Local law enforcement agencies as well as oil and gas operators have been supportive with evacuations, area closures and securing and marking wellheads and pipelines.

The BLM has issued the following areas closed for public safety:

• Northern border: State Highway 139/County Road 27 junction to CR 27/CR 28 junction.

• Eastern closure: CR 28/CR 257 junction to CR 256/CR 257 junction.

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• Southern closure: CR 256/CR 257 to SH 139

• Western closure: CR 256/SH 139 junction to SH 139/CR 27

The Indian Valley Fire, located 16 miles northwest of Meeker, has burned 6,310 acres of land and is at 95 percent containment. The fire will continue to be patrolled by firefighters and repair of impacts from fire suppression activities continues.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an air quality health advisory for wildfire smoke and Stage 2 fire restrictions officially go into effect Friday on BLM lands in the White River Office.