Wild Rose Fire burning south of Rangely

Officials with the BLM report that the Wild Rose Fire, burning in oil and gas country south of Rangely, grew to 850 acres by day’s end yesterday.

A Type 2 team has been called in to manage the fire. They are expected to assume control of response operations today.

Oil and gas facilities in the area are shut down, officials said, and the Rangely Volunteer Fire Department is providing fire protection to Encana structures in the line of the fire.

Road closures include Rio Blanco County Road 116, closed from Highway 139 to County Road 113. County Road 107 is closed from Highway 139 to County Road 116.

BLM officials said that rugged terrain and remote access hampered responders’ ability to fight the fire yesterday, in addition to high winds and thick smoke.

There are no injuries or structures lost so far with this fire.


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