BLM, Sheriff’s Office fighting fire |

BLM, Sheriff’s Office fighting fire

Joshua Roberts

— The Bureau of Land Management, with assistance from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, continued Monday fighting a 20-acre wildland fire on Sevenmile Ridge, located 17 miles northwest of Maybell.

Like a separate blaze the two agencies extinguished Sunday, authorities reported lightning as the root cause behind the Sevenmile Ridge fire. The fire is on BLM property, and three engines were on scene Monday afternoon attempting to contain it, said Todd Wheeler, a Sheriff’s Office corporal and fire management officer.

As of late Monday afternoon, the fire had neither damaged nor threatened any structures, Wheeler said.

“So far we’ve been pretty lucky this year with (fires) not coming close to any structures,” Wheeler said.

Browns Park firefighters also are assisting fight the fire.

The other fire – a seven-acre fire east of Juniper Mountain in western Moffat County – began at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The BLM and the Sheriff’s Office contained the fire, which occurred on private land, by 11 p.m.

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Wheeler said firefighters returned to the fire site Sunday for about four hours to “mop up hot spots.”

The Moffat County commissioners are expected to decide today on a possible fire ban for the county. Their discussion will come during today’s commissioner meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m.

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said Monday one of his primary goals was keeping deputies, residents and property as safe as possible during the fire season.

“That’s a great concern right now,” he said.