Pair of new fires pop up on Western Slope

Two new wildfires have started in western Colorado, including one near Douglas Pass that could threaten up to nine structures, an official said Wednesday.

The 100-acre Brush Creek Fire was reported at 10:12 a.m. Wednesday in the Pike Ridge area about 17 miles east of Utah or 30 miles south of Rangely.

The fire is burning in heavy timber on Bureau of Land Management land with limited access, according to a news release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

Nine structures — seven north of the blaze and two one mile west — are in the area of the Brush Creek Fire.

Two of the structures are seasonal homes, said Lynn Barclay, spokeswoman with the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. She did not know if the other seven were homes.

Among the crews on scene are seven engines, eight smoke jumpers, two single-engine air tankers dropping fire retardant and a helicopter dropping water to keep the fire on the ridge and away from structures, the release said.

The cause is unknown.

A second fire, the Williams Fire, also is estimated at 100 acres and is burning on private land north of Hayden and three miles east of Elkhead Reservoir.

This fire, which was reported at 1:19 p.m. Wednesday, was expected to be contained by Wednesday night, Barclay said.


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