Summer 2018 wildfire report for Aug. 16 | CraigDailyPress.com

Summer 2018 wildfire report for Aug. 16

This graphic show the status of large wildfires burning in the region as of noon, Thursday, Aug. 16.

CRAIG — Wildfire smoke is lingering in the area — even after wildlands firefighters contained the most recent large fire burning in Moffat County — as fires in neighboring counties grow.

The 550-acre Three Springs Fire burning in far western Moffat County, which was ignited by lightning Monday, was fully contained Wednesday night.

“The rapid, multi-jurisdictional response Monday afternoon was critical to checking this fire’s growth.  The fire was active Tuesday morning, but firefighters were able to circle it and stop its growth. Wednesday’s work was largely mopping up and strengthening fire lines,” said Bureau of Land Management spokesperson David Boyd. 

Firefighters from BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Moffat County, and Team Rubicon — a veteran firefighting crew — worked together to contain the blaze. Some crews will remain to patrol the remnants of the fire. The Artesia Fire Department assisted in the initial response. 

The Cabin Lake Fire, burning 16 miles southeast of Meeker, and the Silver Creek Fire, burning about 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, both grew this week.

Rio Blanco County Sheriff Anthony Mazzola issued a mandatory evacuation for Rio Blanco County Road 10 and has placed areas along Rio Blanco County Road 17 on a pre-evacuation warning.

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Similarly, the Grand County sheriff has ordered the evacuation of the Old Park and Gore Lakes communities. This is in addition to Latigo Ranch, which remains under an evacuation. Colorado Highway 134 is closed to minimize traffic and to help facilitate safe firefighting activity.

Much of Northwest Colorado remains under fire restrictions. The Craig Interagency Dispatch Center has logged 138 wildfires, eight false alarms, and 60 smoke checks this year.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.