Shed Fire ongoing in Rio Blanco County, reaching 20 percent containment
Area fire personnel spent much of Friday battling a wildfire west of Meeker, according to a Friday evening news release from Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office.
The Shed Fire near Greasewood Gulch about 24 miles west of Meeker was estimated to be at least 175 acres, according to the release.
The lightning-caused blaze, which began Thursday afternoon, has seen response from Meeker Fire & Rescue and Bureau of Land Management at the site near Rio Blanco County Road 76 and CR 22, with motorists advised to steer clear.
At the time of the release, the fire was 0% contained.
“Hot dry winds have not helped today, the objective is to secure west link, improve south link, let the fire progress to east for manageable terrain. Terrain on the East side is making lines almost impossible,” the release stated about Friday progress.
The release also noted that a Type 2 IA (Initial Attack) team will come in Saturday, adding that “critical fire weather conditions are expected across portions of Northwest Colorado.” with dry and windy conditions and the potential for isolated showers and thunderstorms developing each afternoon in coming days.
“Smoke within the Piceance and White River Valley area is likely to be seen for the duration of operations,” the release stated. “For information on smoke impacts to air quality, visit Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_smoke.aspx.”
A Saturday Facebook post by the sheriff’s office noted that the fire acreage was up to 217, though crews had reached 20% containment.
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