Multiple fires burning in western Garfield County
The Wild Cow Fire, which is burning south of Baxter Pass in Garfield County, has grown to 248 acres with high fire activity, according to a Facebook update from the Bureau of Land Management Colorado Wildfire page.
The update was posted at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
“Active suppression operations are occurring with current resources and extra air tankers,” the update states.
Baxter Pass is about 40 miles north of Mack along Garfield County Road 201, just miles from the Utah border.
Brush Creek Fire
The Brush Creek Fire, located near Brush Mountain on Douglas Pass, remains at 12 acres with moderate fire activity, according to a separate Facebook update on the BLM Colorado Wildfire page.
“Crews continue to work toward containment with an estimated containment date of Friday, due to anticipated weather challenges and red flag warnings,” the update states.
Oil Springs Fire
The Oil Springs Fire, which is located 20 miles south of Rangely and about 11 miles from the Brush Creek Fire, has grown to 5,000 acres, according to the BLM incident information system website.
The fire, which was caused by lightning, was 0% contained as of 2 a.m. Tuesday.
“Firefighters are still witnessing active fire behavior due to dry conditions, receptive fuels and wind,” the update states.
“Multiple agencies have been called in to assist with structure protection through the night as winds are expected to continue with gusts up to 40 mph.”
Colorado Highway 139 will remain closed between Loma and Douglas Pass until Thursday morning due to the fire, according to a travel alert from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
“The fire is very active, and weather is forecast to include winds that could push the fire close to the highway,” the alert states. “The closure may be longer depending on conditions.”
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