A cold front and a few rains slow down fires on the western slope – Greeley Tribune


Mother Nature helped firefighters tackle five Colorado wildfires.

Rain fell on fire areas overnight Thursday and more precipitation is expected on Friday, slowing the fires and helping firefighters who are directly attacking the fires, and others who are building containment lines under cloudy skies. and cooler weather.

A cold front sweeping through Colorado on Friday is expected to bring rain to the Western Slope and the mountains.

“That should help a bit. We also expect cooler temperatures and rain. At least for a short time, ”said Jim Kalina, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Some of the fires that burn in Colorado and across the West have been started by lightning. The cold front should, however, reduce the risk of lightning with thunderstorms.

“With cooler temperatures, the conditions aren’t really good for the spreading conditions,” Kalina said.

The fires burning in Colorado along the Utah border – the Oil Springs, West and Wild Cow fires – may not receive as much rain on Friday, as a better chance of rain is expected along the line watershed and in eastern Colorado.

“The fire danger will be lessened, but they won’t be as humid as the Denver area,” Kalina said.

As of Friday morning, the five fires had burned a total of 24,583 acres, across 38 square miles.

Here is the latest information on some of the fires burning in Colorado:

Oil sources fire

The blaze, along the Utah border south of Rangely, burned 12,707 acres, or about 20 square miles, according to fire officials. Triggered by lightning on June 18, the fire was contained to 5%. More than 200 firefighters are working on the blaze.

On Friday, work to secure and extend containment lines along Colorado 139 continues in the West Creek Road area. Colorado 139 remains closed for safety. All fire evacuations were lifted by the Rio Blanco sheriff’s office on Thursday.

Muddy slide fire

The fire has burned 4,150 acres, or over 6 square miles, since the start of June 20. The cause of the fire, burning in Routt County, is under investigation. The blaze received some precipitation – 0.2 inches – on Thursday, enough to quell the blaze.

“Firefighters took advantage of this brief reprieve to safely build fire lines closer to the edge of the blaze,” officials said in a daily update.

Helicopters are used to assist ground crews working on the fire. A recent assessment by the firefighting team found that the vegetation – the fuel for the fire – in the area was “unusually dry.”

The fire chief expects Muddy Slide “to be a long-lasting fire” and the estimated containment date is July 30.

Wild fire

About 200 firefighters are working on the blaze, which has burned 3,752 acres, nearly 6 square miles, since it began on June 20 in Eagle County. There is no containment.

Firefighters will hold a virtual Facebook community meeting at 6 p.m. Friday. Fire officials are asking everyone to be extremely careful and follow orders to restrict fires, including fire outside.

Some areas of the fire received up to 0.5 inches of precipitation on Thursday. More rain was expected on Friday.

“The reprieve will be short-lived, however, as warming and drying conditions are expected to return to the region next week,” firefighters said.

West fire

The blaze, in the northwest corner of Colorado, is 50% under control. It has burned 3,421 acres, or just over 5 square miles, since the beginning of June. 20. It burns through twisted lodgepole pines, surrounded by sagebrush and grasses, in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties on Bureau of Land Management lands. No structure is threatened.

On Friday, crews worked to secure and reinforce containment lines on all sides of the blaze. The fire is smoldering while the inner area burns.

Temperatures in the blaze are expected to peak in the 1960s on Friday, with humidity around 43%, firefighters said. The winds were expected to gust to 25 mph.

“Cloud cover, higher humidity and lower temperatures” were likely to calm the blaze on Friday, officials said.

Wild cow fire

The fire, reported on June 21, burned 553 acres, or less than 1 square mile.

Lightning likely started the blaze, which is burning in Garfield County. Cloud cover and higher humidity on Thursday helped firefighters tackle the blaze.

More than 50 firefighters, from the local Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Unit, are fighting the blaze.

Forest fire map

Click on the markers for more details, use the buttons to change the displayed forest fires. Map data is automatically updated by government agencies and may be offset from real-time events. The types of incidents are numbered from 1 to 5: a type 1 incident is a large and complex forest fire affecting people and critical infrastructure, a type 5 incident is a small forest fire involving few personnel. You can find more information on the types of incidents at the bottom of this page.


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