Northwest Colorado Fire Updates: July 12 (#CedarKnobFire)

Information from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit



With fire crews and engines working hard last night, additional crews arriving today and aerial support with a helicopter and single engine air tankers, good progress was made on area wildland fires.

Cold Fire

The Cold Fire is eight acres and 90% contained with 100% containment expected this evening by 10 p.m. The Green River interagency fire crew, Moffat County engine and water tender will remain on the fire and reinforce fireline tomorrow.  The incident is on private land four miles south of the Wyoming border and one and one half miles east of the Utah border in northwest Moffat County in the Cold Springs area.  No injuries reported. No structures involved.

Cedar Knob Fire

Cedar Knob Fire is 1,150 acres and 25% contained.  Assigned to the fire today are: two 20-person hand crews, Juniper Valley and Los Diablo; six engines, Moffat County and Bureau of Land Management; and one Moffat County water tender and two bulldozers.  A helicopter supporting the crews dropped 47 buckets loads of water at 120 gallons each today cooling hot spots and areas along the fire perimeter.
Estimated containment is July 12. The Cedar Knob Fire started on private land 10 miles southwest of Maybell off MCR 57 near Jacobs Draw and burned on to BLM lands.  The public is asked to avoid that area for safety concerns with active fire bumping the roads and emergency response traffic.

Twin Butte Fire

The Twin Butte Fire is fire 10 miles east of the Utah border in Rio Blanco County east of Oil Spring Mountain on BLM land. Fire personnel assigned to this incident have a line around the fire and are mopping up. One engine and four smokejumpers are assigned to the incident.  The size is estimated to be one quarter acre.

Current Fire Danger Conditions

Fire danger is high in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and moderate in Routt, Jackson, and Grand counties.  Even though there was moisture received in northwest Colorado over the weekend, conditions remain dry and vegetation is very receptive to any ignition source.  Stage II Fire Restrictions remain in effect across northwest Colorado.  For a statewide listing of fire restrictions visit:

Contact: Lynn Barclay 970-826-5096
Fire Information Line: 970-826-5108