Red Canyon Fire sees small containment, Indian Valley Fire on its last legs | CraigDailyPress.com

Red Canyon Fire sees small containment, Indian Valley Fire on its last legs

Craig Press Staff Report

RANGELY – Firefighters able to make containment effort on Red Canyon Fire thanks to the weather.

The Red Canyon Fire, located 31 miles south of Rangely, has burned 5,766 acres and is 30 percent contained. Friday’s moderate precipitation allowed the firefighters to work directly on the fire’s edge increasing the percentage of containment, according to the Bureau of Land Management release.

In some areas, topography and fuels make it unsafe for crews to build fire line near the fire perimeter. The public can expect to see increased smoke when conditions allow firefighters to burn from roads to increase containment levels. Residents were allowed to return to their homes Saturday at 8 a.m. While evacuations were lifted for homeowners off of County Road 27, the area remains closed to the public.

The following areas are still closed by the BLM:

• Northern border: State Highway 139/County Road 27 junction to CR 27/CR 28 junction.

• Eastern closure: CR 28/CR 257 junction to CR 256/CR 257 junction.

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• Southern closure: CR 256/CR 257 to SH 139

• Western closure: CR 256/SH 139 junction to SH 139/CR 27

Firefighters have not seen any fire activity for the Indian Valley Fire but will complete suppression repairs Saturday unless there is significant change.