Lightning sparks fires around Western Slope

Lightning appreared to be the cause of a growing number of wildfires spotted during a busy weekend for both the Upper Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit and the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

According to a release from the Upper Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit:

■ A “small” fire was burning Sunday in timber on private land just west of Powderhorn Mountain Resort on Grand Mesa.

■ The 460-acre Long Mesa Fire and the 72-acre Wrigley Fire were burning on Bureau of Land Management land in the Black Ridge Canyon Wilderness Area south of the Colorado River between Fruita and the Utah border.

■ The Ute Creek Fire burned about 3.5 acres about six miles northeast of Gateway and was visible Sunday from Colorado Highway 141.

According to a release from Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management:

■ The Powell Fire had burned roughly 900 acres about five miles northeast of Meeker. A helicopter dropped water on the fire. It was about 70 percent contained.

■ The Little Duck Fire had burned about 750 acres of BLM land about 13 miles southeast of Rangely.

Both fires were caused by lightning and are being jointly managed as the Powell Complex, with a combined 100 firefighters on scene.

According to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit:

■ The Brush Creek Fire had burned 500 acres in Rio Blanco County and was 50 percent contained. Crews were leaving the fire to help with others.

■ The Conway Fire had burned about 250 acres in Moffat County.


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