Rangely wildfire near 18,000 acres after day of wind

Wind gusts on Tuesday continued to spread the Dead Dog Fire in northwest Colorado, which as of Tuesday evening was burning on nearly 18,000 acres.

More than 200 firefighters fought the fire burning in sagebrush, pinyon juniper and cheatgrass about 10 miles north of Rangely, according to the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team Black.

Windy weather Tuesday continued to spread the fire, and area roads were closed for most of the day, said Fire Information Officer Dawn Sanchez.

An evacuation order issued Monday night was lifted Tuesday for employees of the Deserado Mine. Rio Blanco County Road 1 and Moffat County Road 134 remained closed to the public on Tuesday.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from U.S. Highway 40, but the town of Rangely was not shrouded in smoke, Sanchez said.

Firefighters and more resources are arriving to fight the fire, she said late Tuesday.

The cause of the Dead Dog Fire is under investigation, but three other fires in northwest Colorado were caused by lightning, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

The 1,063-acre Hunter Fire burning 20 miles southwest of Meeker was not growing on Tuesday and was 30 percent contained.

Firefighters contained two other fires in northwest Colorado. The 67-acre Temple Fire burned 25 miles west of Craig and the 55-acre Cross Fire burned in the Cross Mountain Wilderness Study area 35 miles west of Craig.


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