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Fires continue to rage in Western Colorado

Three wildfires are currently burning southwest of Meeker near Piceance Creek.
Three wildfires are currently burning southwest of Meeker near Piceance Creek.(Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 2:19 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2020 at 2:03 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -

Fires are continuing to burn across western Colorado, with four fires actively burning in the Meeker area.

The biggest of the fires is the Fawn Creek Fire, currently burning 3,208 acres 26 miles southwest of Meeker. It is 5% contained according to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office. The Stewart Fire is burning 212 acres and is 78% contained. It is 22 miles southwest of Meeker. Both of the latter fires started on July 13, and the Wolf Fire, which is burning 269 acres and is 25% contained, sparked on July 14. These three fires are all being managed by the Rocky Mountain Incident Blue Team.

The fourth fire, the Grassy Fire, is burning 10 miles west of Meeker, but it is being managed by the local BLM Fire agency. It is at 953 acres, and is 30% contained.

Lightning has been ruled the cause for all of these fires.

Map showing the Fawn Creek, Stewart, and Wolf Fires.
Map showing the Fawn Creek, Stewart, and Wolf Fires.(Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office)

At this time, County Road 68 and County Road 87 are closed according to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office.

Early Wednesday morning, the Rocky Mountain Incident Blue Team assumed command of all fires from local resources.

“The team and resources who have been managing these three fires have done an excellent job to ensure public and firefighter safety,” says Michael Haydon, Incident Commander. “We want to thank all local resources that have been working hard during the first days of this evolving situation.”

Beau Kidd with Blue Team gave a briefing on the three fires they are managing. You can view it below.

Operational Briefing for the Fawn Creek, Stewart, and Wolf fires for July 17, 2020 with Operations Planning Section Chief Trainee Beau Kidd. #RioBlancoStrong #fawncreekfireco #stewartfireco #wolffireco

Posted by Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office on Friday, July 17, 2020

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