Update: Moffat County’s Peekaboo Fire rages on at 12,600 acres | CraigDailyPress.com

Update: Moffat County’s Peekaboo Fire rages on at 12,600 acres

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

As of Friday evening, the Peekaboo Fire surpassed 11,000 acres.

The Peekaboo Fire in Moffat County was confirmed to have increased to 12,600 acres as of Saturday evening, according to updates by the Bureau of Land Management.

The lightning-caused fire is burning in pinion-juniper, grass and sagebrush on Peekaboo Ridge, on BLM land just west of Irish Canyon and Moffat County Road 10N and north of Highway 318, northwest of Maybell. County Road 10 was closed Friday but was announced Saturday morning to have reopened.

According to BLM updates, containment was at 5 percent as of Saturday.

Firefighters worked Friday on the north portion of the fire and scouted safe access to the fireline rather than having to be flown in with a helicopter. On the south and southwestern portions of the fire, firefighters and air resources focused on structure protection and keeping the fire north of Highway 318.

Responding agencies include Northwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit, as well as units with Colorado National Guard.

Several large air tankers and single engine air tankers made retardant drops to limit the fire spread to the south and southwest. In the afternoon, strong outflow winds from passing thunderstorms pushed the fire in numerous directions, making control difficult.

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Crews are working through the weekend to build direct containment lines where feasible. Their efforts will be focused on engaging the fire where it is safe to do so, and where they will have a high probability of success. Limited resources, combined with challenging access to the fire, are making it difficult to meet the full suppression strategy.

A temporary flight restriction is in place around the fire to allow air operations to proceed safely.

High pressure is expected to remain over the fire area on Saturday, and thunderstorms are expected to continue to develop in the afternoon, which remains a cause for concern for strong outflow winds in the fire area.

Temperatures on Saturday will remain consistent in the upper 80s and low 90s with relative humidity values of 10 to 15 percent.

Heavy winds remain a concern.

Approximately three ranches, multiple ranch structures, Dinosaur National Monument and Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge are located near the fire and are being monitored and patrolled by ground crews.

Additional updates can be found at Facebook.com/PeekabooFireInfo, http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5328/ or by calling 970-329-1008.