Wild Rose Fire burning at 500 acres

By: Andie Adams Email
By: Andie Adams Email
A Rio Blanco County fire is now burning at 500 acres, less than four hours after it was first reported.

Photo via Charlie Lohse

Updated at 5 p.m.

RIO BLANCO COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - BLM officials have responded to the scene of the Wild Rose fire currently burning in Rio Blanco County.

The Wild Rose Fire has grown to 500 acres. Smoke was called in around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials say numerous oil and gas facilities are in the area and structures north of the fire are being threatened as wind moves it in that direction.

A youth camp on private land about a mile from the fire is being evacuated. There are about 40 kids and an unknown number of adults there.

BLM officials initially tried to send in smoke jumpers, but high winds forced them to abandon the mission, according to Bureau of Land Management Public Information Officer Lynn Barclay.

BLM engines and firefighters, as well as two air tankers and a helicopter, have been called in.

The fire is burning on BLM land about seven miles north of the Rio Blanco/Garfield Counties line and eight miles east of the Utah/Colorado border.

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