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Two fast-moving fires burning west of Maybell

Craig Press staff report

MAYBELL — High winds are fanning the flames of fires west of Maybell along Colorado Highway 318.

Reports of multiple fires burning along the shoulder of Colo. 318 began coming in to Craig dispatch just before 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

The fires are reported to be near mile marker 49 and the intersection of Moffat County Road 10 and Colo. 318.

The fires have been dubbed the 50-acre Three Wash Fire and the 150-acre Boone Gulch or Boone Draw Fire. Both fires were growing as of 2:05 p.m. Thursday.

The Boone Draw Fire has escalated into 2,000 acres burned and is crossing into the Sandwash Basin. The Bureau of Land Management has asked anyone in Sandwash Basin to leave. Wind conditions are not settling down and ask people to leave by going north as fire trucks are moving through Highway 318.

The causes of the fires are not known, and no structures are thought to be threatened at this time.

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According to scanner traffic, the fires were traveling east through pinyon and juniper trees. Craig Fire/Rescue and BLM were called to respond to the fire. Also according to scanner traffic, there are limited resources to combat the fires, but aerial support from helicopter and airplane are expected to help suppression efforts.

The region was to remain under a fire watch advisory until 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, and fire danger remains high under dry, windy conditions.

This story is developing and will be updated at CraigPress.com as more information becomes available.

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