Northwest Colorado Wildland Fire Update: July 23

Update from Public Information Officer

Moffat County

The Conway Fire is approximately 250 acres.  It is located 2.5 miles southeast of Gates of Ladore and 1.5 miles east of Dinosaur National Monument.  It is south of County Road 34 and 4.5 miles west of Highway 318.  Two federal engines and 3 hot shot crews are on scene.  The crews made significant progress today building and securing fire line.

Garfield County

The Brush Creek Fire is holding at 500 acres and is still approximately 50% contained although the fire area has received more than ¼ of an inch of rain.  Today crews continued to work on line construction and mop-up to ensure the containment of the fire.  Management is continuing to move resources from the Brush Creek Fire to other fires as needed. 

Powell Complex

Deep monsoon moisture has remained over the region and is predicted to stay until Tuesday.  Both fires have received rain which is helping firefighting efforts.  However, heat remains within the fire boundary and firefighters are working to cool these areas. The cause of both fires is lightning. Approximately 250 personnel are assigned to the fires.

At this time the Powell Fire is on BLM and private land, holding at 889 acres and is 70% contained. The fire is located 5 miles northwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County. Primary management objectives include suppressing the fire to protect private property values. Part of the fire is in a Wilderness Study Area which limits the use of mechanized equipment however crews continue to create and strengthen fire line using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST). 

Two Type 3 Helicopters are among air resources assisting this fire and others in the area.  On the ground are 5 hand crews and 5 engines. Rio Blanco County continues to support fire suppression efforts with equipment and personnel. The Meeker Volunteer Fire Department continues to provide support. 

The Little Duck Fire had no growth today, is 55% contained and remains at 749 acres. It is on a mix of BLM and private land 13 miles southeast of Rangely and south of Buckhorn Draw in Rio Blanco County.  Concerns include protecting power lines, Shell infrastructure, Greater Sage Grouse habitat and Threatened and Endangered (T&E) plants. There are 5 engines, a Type 2 hand crew and 1 Fire Module on the fire.  Plans for tomorrow include completing and strengthening fire line.

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