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UPDATED: New wildfires erupt in Northwest Colorado

Craig Press staff report

Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. 

CRAIG  —  Area wildlands firefighters were kept busy Monday, Aug. 13, as two new wildfires sparked up in the wake of a storm system that passed through Northwest Colorado.

Three Springs Fire grew to 550 acres. As of Tuesday, Aug. 14 it was 50 percent contained. It was started by lighting.

According to Bureau of Land Management spokesperson David Boyd, 68 firefighters, a helicopter, a heavy air tanker and two single-engine air tankers were being used to suppress the fire. The BLM, U.S. Forest Service, state and Moffat County are working the fire.

” The fire was active this (Tuesday) morning but they have gotten around it and it is not actively growing, Boyd said. 

The Artesia Fire Department assisted in the initial response to the blaze.

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A second fire — the Overlook Fire — was reported at about 4:45 p.m. Monday. It was downgraded from the initial 75 acres to less than an acre of grass and pinyon-juniper.

On Sunday,  a 50-acre fire — the Sage Draw Fire — drew a response at 6:30 p.m., near an area known as Crooked Wash. The fire burned through a mix of grass, sagebrush, and pinyon-juniper trees before it was contained about noon Monday.