Crews attack wildfire near De Beque Canyon tunnel |

Crews attack wildfire near De Beque Canyon tunnel

Interagency crews are attacking the Roberts Canyon fire burning north of Interstate 70, above the tunnel in De Beque Canyon.

Located in rugged, steep terrain, the fire is burning on the canyon’s rim on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The fire was reported at noon today and is estimated to be at about 50 acres. Crews from nearby drilling operations have been evacuated.

Resources on the fire include two single-engine air tankers from the Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service squad. The Boise smokejumpers and other equipment and resources have been ordered.

The cause of the fire is likely lightning but is under investigation.

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