Weather aids in fighting Moffat fires

Favorable weather is helping crews fighting two fires each exceeding 400 acres in Moffat County.

One of those blazes, the 430-acre Ladore Fire, broke out Monday and is burning in rough but accessible terrain in Dinosaur National Monument and on Bureau of Land Management lands.

The Roosevelt Hot Shots out of Fort Collins, the Buena Vista Juniper Valley inmate crew, a National Park Service engine and a state helicopter responded and the goal is full suppression.

There was no containment as of today, the interagency Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit said in a news release.

Meanwhile, crews have reached 90 percent containment on the 450-acre Elk Springs Fire, 1.5 miles southeast of the community of Elk Springs, which is on U.S. Highway 40 between Craig and Dinosaur.

Crews have worked to protect ranches, oil and gas facilities and power lines, and the area also is considered priority habitat for the greater sage-grouse, which is being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Another blaze, the Alkali Fire, burned nearly 20,700 acres 14 miles northwest of Maybell before being fully contained Sunday.

The causes of the fires are undetermined.



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