Officials Want Coal Creek Fire to Continue

A fire that in the Kannah Creek Watershed is still burning and fire officials say they want it to burn even longer.

The fire was sparked by lightning that hit last week but flames didn't flare up until a couple days ago. Fires from lightning that may not become active for days are called hold-over fires.

Fire crews have been watching the Coal Creek fire from on top of the grand mesa making sure it goes where they want it to.

“Because it's in this area that they would like to see some benefit to the resources, they are going to use it,” says Mel Llloy of Interagency Fire Management.

Using it means letting it burn, a special fire team arrived Wednesday to watch the fires progress but will not try to put it out unless it threatens structures.

Currently the fire has burned 300 acres.

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