Sawmill fire now at 76 acres |

Sawmill fire now at 76 acres

Northwest Fire Management Contributed photoThe Sawmill Fire is an example of a low intensity fire, which burns the understory without burning large trees.

CRAIG, Colorado – Smoke visible from Craig and U.S. Highway 40 since Tuesday is from the Sawmill Fire, which is on Bureau of Land Management land 24 miles west of Maybell.

According to reports from the BLM and Fish and Wildlife Service, “Fire activity is moderate with smoldering and occasional torching.”

The fire has increased in size to 76 acres.

Winds have been predominately out of the northwest, causing a low backing fire into the ponderosa pines.

The fire is being managed for multiple objectives for rangeland health and wildlife habitat improvement. Northwest Fire Management officials said, “Much of the landscape in western Moffat County is fire dependent. Low intensity fire is critical to many ecosystems, including ponderosa pine stands.”

The Craig Hot Shots have worked for the last two days prepping roads in the fire area by removing brush and low hanging branches to improve road access for firefighters and equipment.

No structures are threatened.

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