Dominguez Fire exceeds 600 acres

By SENTINEL STAFF

While one western Colorado wildfire wound down Friday, another grew in size and commanded more attention from firefighters.

The Dominguez Fire, started by a lightning strike on Tuesday, grew to more than 600 acres by Friday evening. The blaze was burning about 1 1/2 miles west of the Dominguez Campground.

Lee Ann Loupe, fire information officer for the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, said the fire burned fiercely Friday and was expected to increase with the hot weather.

Firefighters cleared a fire line and burned areas around the perimeter of the fire, trying to protect riparian areas and keep the blaze from entering Dominguez Canyon.

Forest Service Road 418, the Brett Point Road, is closed, but all other roads are open. The fire wasn’t threatening the campground or any other facilities or structures in the area. Crews were letting it burn in order to reduce fuels and promote wildlife habitat.

The 801-acre Grammar Fire, burning five miles southwest of Norwood in San Miguel County, was 70 percent contained by Friday evening and is expected to be fully contained tonight, according to Larry Helmerick, fire information officer for the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit. The lightning-sparked fire temporarily forced the evacuation of 20 homes.

A fire crew from Jackson, Miss., spent the night in a downtown Grand Junction hotel Thursday and was scheduled to be sent to the Grammar Fire but was redirected to another fire Friday morning.

“Everything is going pretty well,” Helmerick said.


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