Colowyo Mine evacuated as crews battle nearby wildland blaze
CRAIG — Multiple first-responder agencies are battling a wildland fire Tuesday along Moffat County Highway 13 near mile marker 61 south of Craig.
The Bureau of Land Management, Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and a few other agencies are currently battling the blaze, known as the Streeter Fire, which continues to grow due to high winds and fuel-filled terrain in the area, according to the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. The fire is currently on BLM and private land.
ColoWyo Coal Mine, which employs roughly 200 people, was evacuated around 2 p.m. Tuesday as the fire began to threaten the mine, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Highway 13 is closed at this time between Meeker and Craig, and all traveling is discouraged. Colorado Department of Transportation is currently categorizing the fire as “fire on the side of the road.”
As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the fire has burned roughly 1,100 acres, according to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center, and there is zero containment at this time. The fire has burned multiple power line poles and has threatened structures at nearby ranches, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
One BLM fire fighter was injured while battling the blaze, requiring treatment for burns around 1 p.m. The incident was later categorized as non-emergent.
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