Cedar Knob Fire now 70 percent contained in Moffat County

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Stage 2 fire restrictions

Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in effect for all lands, public and private, throughout Routt County. That includes established campgrounds and other park facilities where fires typically are allowed. What’s prohibited under Stage 2 restrictions:

■ Open flames, including campfires, stove fires and use of charcoal grills. The use of propane grills is allowed.

■ Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

■ Possessing or using fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices, including tracer ammunition.

■ Using explosives, including targets that could explode.

■ Using any internal or external combustion engines (such as chain saws) without a properly working spark arrester.

■ Possessing or using a vehicle off road except when parking in areas cleared of vegetation.

■ Welding or operating an acetylene or torch with an open flame.

— The Cedar Knob Fire in Moffat County south of Maybell was 70 percent contained Thursday afternoon, and full containment was expected later in the day, according to a Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit news release.

Two 20-person hand crews and six engines continued to reinforce the fire line and conduct mop-up operations Thursday, according to the release.

Fire officials have confirmed the fire, which had grown to 1,150 acres by Wednesday afternoon, was ignited by a lightning strike.

No structural damage or injuries related to the fire have been reported, officials said.

The Cedar Knob Fire was one of five fires reported Tuesday in Moffat County.

Read the full story at the Craig Daily Press website.

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