The lightning caused Kodiak Fire was reported Sat., Aug. 3 around 12:30 p.m. It is burning in thick pinion and juniper trees on Bureau of Land Management land one mile east of Little Bears Ears peak 25 miles northwest of Maybell, Colo.
BLM Little Snake Field Office and fire managers are managing this incident for multiple objectives including wildlife and range enhancement and hazardous fuel reduction. The fire is burning into an area that has a prescribed fire plan in place and is part of the buffer area for the Bears Ears prescribed fire project.
Three engine crews are working to black line or box in the identified project area. The 20-person San Isabel Regulars fire crew is on scene and assisting with building fireline. A Moffat County water tender is also assigned to this incident.
A Veterans Green Corps and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps fire crew will arrive later today for their first wildfire assignment. VGC/RMYC fire crew received basic firefighting and chain saw training from BLM fire personnel earlier this spring to prepare them for hazardous fuel reduction work and possible wildland fire assignments.
No structures are threatened and no reported injuries.
In Rio Blanco County two smaller incidents were reported and contained Sun., Aug. 4. Both on BLM White River Field Office land and lightning caused. The Pinto Mesa Fire was one tenth acre and the Drop Kick Fire was one half acre.
Fire danger is high in Moffat County and moderate in Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson and Grand Counties.