Dead Dog fire 95 percent contained, road re-opens |

Dead Dog fire 95 percent contained, road re-opens

Staff report
The Dead Dog Fire measured only 40 acres Sunday evening, pictured here from the entrance to Dinosaur National Monument Sunday afternoon. It grew to 5,000 acres by Monday evening due to extremely high winds, with no containment estimate yet available.
Craig Daily Press

The Dead Dog Fire, covering over 17,000 acres, has increased containment to 95 percent, according to a statement from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team. Following the increased containment and reduced threat, Rio Blanco County Road 65/Moffat County Road 61 was reopened Thursday night.

Smoke may still be visible, according to the statement. No additional growth is expected.

The fire started June 11, 10 miles north of Rangely. The cause is believed to be human, and is under investigation.

The statement reports that despite the containment, potential for other wildfires remains high given vegetation, high temperatures and low humidity.

“ire officials urge extreme caution with all combustible materials to prevent human-caused fires,” according to the statement.

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