Two fast moving fires burning west of Maybell |

Two fast moving fires burning west of Maybell

Smoke plume from one of the fires burning west of Maybell along Colorado Highway 318.
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Editors note: This story was updated at 7:19 p.m. Please check back for future updates on this developing story. 

MAYBELL — High winds are fanning the flames of fires west of Maybell along Colorado Highway 318.

Reports of multiple fires burning along the shoulder of Colorado Highway 318 began coming in to Craig dispatch just before 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

The fires are reported to be near mile marker 49 and the intersection of Moffat County Road 10 and Colorado Highway 318.

The fires have been dubbed the 50-acre Three Wash Fire and the 5,994-acre Boone Gulch or Boone Draw Fire. Both fires were growing as of 2:05 p.m. Thursday.

The Boone Draw Fire has escalated to 5,994 acres burned and had crossed into the Sand Wash Basin. The Bureau of Land Management has asked anyone in Sand Wash Basin to leave as the wind conditions were not settling down. People in the basin were being advised to leave via the north end of the basin to allow fire trucks to move along Highway 318.

The causes of the fires are not known, and no structures are thought to be threatened at this time.

According to scanner traffic, the fires were traveling east through pinyon and juniper trees.

Craig Fire/Rescue and BLM were called to respond to the fire. Also according to scanner traffic, there are limited resources to combat the fires, but aerial support from helicopter and airplane are expected to help suppression efforts.

The region was to remain under a fire watch advisory until 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, and fire danger remains high under dry, windy conditions.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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