Wildfire threatens railroad tracks in Moffat County
RAIG — Railroad tracks were threatened by a wildfire that flared up a little past 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, after a lightning-producing storm passed through the area.
The fire was located eight to 10 miles southwest of Craig on the south side of the Yampa River, across from a ranch at the end of Moffat County Road 30.
The fire was reported about 5:30 p.m., when families along MCR 30 smelled, then spotted, smoke. They assisted in locating the fire, then provided information about accessing the remote area using Bureau of Land Management, ranch, and Empire Energy roads.
A helicopter and airplanes were brought in by the BLM to assist with fire suppression efforts. About an hour later, according to scanner traffic, some fire trucks were recalled from attempts to reach the fire on the ground as rain showers began.
Witnesses who helped spot the fire reported about five acres had burned through sage and grass, but shifting winds were causing the fire to move quickly, and witnesses were unsure as to how much it might have grown.
Besides the railroad tracks, no structures were thought to be threatened.
The fire and this story are developing, and Craig Press will provide further updates as they become available.
Five other wildfires flared up in the region Sunday, though few details were available.
The weekend was an active one for wildfires; the largest was the Citadel Fire, which started near Maybell on Friday and was contained the following day after burning about 300 acres of brush, grass, and pinyon-juniper.
The weekend fires bring Northwest Colorado’s annual tally to 167 wildfires. Most of these fires have been small and were quickly contained. All Moffat County, including the city of Craig, remains under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.
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