Lightning causes fires across 3 counties |

Lightning causes fires across 3 counties

The Craig interagency hot shot crew hikes off the Key Fire on Thursday.

— Lightning storms flared up seven wildfires Wednesday in Moffat, Rio Blanco and Jackson counties, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management.

The biggest fire is the Key Fire, burning about 250 acres approximately 30 miles southwest of Maybell. It’s about 70 percent contained. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office sent down two engines, and it’s working with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, BLM, the Juniper Valley hand crew and a Craig interagency hot shot crew.

A 10-acre burn in Dinosaur National Monument, the Lake Bench Fire, is under management from a Dinosaur engine and the Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module.

The rest of the fires were burning 1-acre patches on BLM land and private land.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or