Roan Cliffs Fire shows little activity Friday |

Roan Cliffs Fire shows little activity Friday

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – The 937-acre Roan Cliffs Fire 32 miles northwest of Grand Junction in far-western Garfield County showed little activity today, growing only slightly on the west side.

Fire officials with the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit are continuing to manage the lightning-caused fire west of Baxter Pass to benefit vegetation and wildlife in the area. They are allowing the fire to burn naturally on the east and south sides but are keeping it in check on the north and west flanks.

Fire activity is expected to vary day by day based on the specific terrain in which the fire is burning and on weather conditions. People can expect to see a lot of smoke on some days and little to no smoke on others.

Twenty-one firefighters are now assigned to the fire. Aircraft were not needed today for suppression efforts but will be available tomorrow.

Fire officials note that despite the area receiving significant moisture during the past month, moisture levels in the trees and shrubs are below average. They urge the public to be cautious with fire while working or recreating outside.

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