Lightning suspected in several Northwest Colorado wildfires
Lightning is the suspected cause in several area wildland fires, according to a press release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. No one was injured and no structures were threatened, according to the release.
The Ladore Fire, two miles northwest of the Gates of Lodore in the Bureau of Land Management Diamond Breaks Wilderness Study Area, started at about 5:15 p.m. and was at about 300 acres as of Sunday evening.
The fire is in the same area as the 2001 Buster Flats Fire, which the release described as a “very remote location.” The release reports that the unit will allow the fire to burn to remove dead vegetation.
“Fire officials are allowing this fire to play its natural role in the environment which will encourage regeneration of grasses and shrubs,” according to the release.
A six-person crew is monitoring the fire.
The Ted Fire, which began at about 6 p.m. Friday, was at 22 acres as of Sunday evening in the Ted’s Draw area off of Moffat County Road 10 North. A three-person squad assigned to the fire reports its spread potential as low to moderate, according to the release.
Five other small fires from the weekend have been contained.
Two of the fires were in Routt National Forest, two were on BLM land in Rio Blanco County and one was on private land in Moffat County. A fixed-wing plane will be used for reconnaissance and monitoring.
The Box Elder Fire in Rio Blanco County is at about 200 acres and is being managed for “multiple objectives,” the release stated.
The Forget Me Not Fire in Rio Blanco County was 100 percent contained at six acres Sunday.
Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Dinosaur National Monument, Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service units responded to fires over the weekend.
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