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Update: Overlook Fire in Dinosaur National Monument 80-percent contained Tuesday

Lauren Blair

The 260-acre Overlook Fire burning in Dinosaur National Monument in northwest Colorado was 80 percent contained with no new growth as of Tuesday evening, according to Dan Johnson, the monument’s chief of interpretation, education, and visitor services.

The lightning-caused fire ignited Friday and burned in grass, sagebrush and timber on monument, Bureau of Land Management and private land near the Canyon Overlook on Harpers Corner Road.

No structures are threatened.

Seven engines and crews from the BLM, National Park Service, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Artesia Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service fought the fire under a type 3 incident command team Monday, which transitioned Tuesday to a type 4 incident command team.

Two helicopters from the Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control and four single engine air tankers also aided containment effort, according to a monument press release.

The fire flared up on Sunday, and though containment efforts progressed on the west, south and east flanks of the fire, the north side remained active Monday and difficult to fight in a steep, timbered canyon. A heavy downpour of rain Monday night into Tuesday aided firefighters’ efforts significantly, Johnson said.

The Canyon Visitor Center remained open as well as Harpers Corner Road. Canyon Overlook was closed to support fire operations.

The Quarry Visitor Center and Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall in Utah were not affected by the fire, the release said, and are open to the public.