Horses not displaced by Boone Draw fire
CRAIG — Access to public lands affected by fire may reopen soon, officials indicated in a press release Monday, Sept. 17.
Fire activity on Boone Draw Fire has greatly reduced the past several days. Fire crews have made significant progress, achieving approximately 80 percent containment Monday as hot, dry weather is expected to continue throughout the week.
While the fire is holding at 8, 683 acres, only 202 acres are actually within the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Herd Management Area.
The Sand Wash herd appears not to have been significantly displaced by the fire. Firefighters have observed horses enter the burned area, drink from springs, and exit toward Sevenmile Ridge. The fire burned some fences around the HMA, and temporary fencing has been put in place in affected areas.
Along with containment, crews are focused on mopping up and repairing fire suppression impacts. Fire officials are beginning to release fire crews, as fire activity has declined, and work nears completion. Several engines were released Monday, with more crews expected to be released Tuesday and Wednesday.
County Roads and BLM lands around the fire remain closed to public entry for firefighter and public safety. BLM and Moffat County officials continue to assess the closure, with a goal of reopening access to the area as soon as possible. Visitors looking for horse viewing opportunities can access the HMA by way of Moffat County Road 75, along with the Sevenmile Ridge area north of the fire.
Visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6207/ for more information on the area closure.
Boone Draw Fire ignited on BLM land Thursday, Sept. 13; the cause is under investigation. No structures or other infrastructure are threatened, and the fire is burning pinyon-juniper, grass, and sage on Bureau of Land Management and private land, approximately 50 miles west of Craig.
Moffat County and BLM-administered lands within the Little Snake Field Office are under Stage 1 fire restrictions. For information visit moffatcountysheriff.com/pdf/Fire%20Restictions%20Press%20release%202018-2_Stage%201.pdf.
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