The East Tschuddi Fire started Saturday in Rio Blanco County and has burned about 630 acres. The fire is about 70 percent contained.

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The East Tschuddi Fire started Saturday in Rio Blanco County and has burned about 630 acres. The fire is about 70 percent contained.

2 fires in Moffat, Rio Blanco counties 70 percent contained

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— The two fires that flared up in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties last weekend because of lightning strikes are about 70 percent contained.

About 20 miles south of Maybell in Moffat County, the Citadel Fire started Sunday morning. It has burned about 2,000 acres. The East Tschuddi Fire in Rio Blanco County started Saturday and has burned about 630 acres.

The fire behavior hasn’t been as severe as it was during the weekend, and fire crews continued to make progress throughout the week.

On Sunday, eight smokejumpers began fighting the fire, but now 60 people are working to contain the blaze. On Thursday, the number of firefighters working on the fires decreased.

Both fires are on steep and rugged terrain and are burning pinon, juniper and sagebrush.

Access to both fires has been difficult because of the locations, officials said. Two helicopters and five air tankers have been dumping retardant on both fires.

Air resources have been working with ground fire crews while they build containment lines on the fires.

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