Firefighters start to get upper hand on Peekaboo Fire in Moffat County
Firefighters made good progress on the nearly 13,000-acre Peekaboo Fire in far northwestern Colorado on Monday, as authorities began the process of releasing resources for use on other wildfires.
As of the last official report Monday, the fire was at 12,833 acres and was 40 percent contained. Fire spokesman Chris Barth said late Monday afternoon that he didn’t have an updated containment number yet, “but I do expect it to go up, and hopefully considerably.”
He didn’t expect much change in the fire’s estimated size. He said that while there were a few spots where smoke was visible Monday, the activity was generally within the existing fire perimeter, and the fire remained relatively calm despite some strong winds in the early part of the day.
The fire was sparked by lightning June 27. Three hundred and twenty-five people were fighting the blaze as of early Monday, a number expected to decline as resources are released. A Type 2 team designed to respond to major fires is on the Peekaboo Fire, but Barth said that barring unusual circumstances, the incident should be able to be handed over to a smaller, more local organization in the next few days.
Crews are working to fully suppress the fire to protect ranches, historical structures, greater sage-grouse habitat, cultural sites and other resources.