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Cedar Knob Fire in Moffat County at 25 percent containment

Joe Moylan

Bureau of Land Management firefighters backfire along Moffat County Road 59 South late Tuesday night while battling the Cedar Knob Fire about 20 miles south of Maybell. The fire, which is estimated to be about 1,150 acres, is reported to be 25 percent contained.

— The Cedar Knob Fire continues to burn on private land off Moffat County Road 59 South about 20 miles south of Maybell, officials said Wednesday.

As of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Cedar Knob Fire had grown to 1,150 acres, but officials on the scene were reporting 25 percent containment.

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office have been working on the fire.

A Moffat County road and bridge bulldozer crew also assisted, said Lynn Barclay, public information officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

On Wednesday, firefighters focused on mop-up operations around structures and resumed backfiring the perimeter of the fire, Barclay said. Backfiring is a containment strategy where firefighters go ahead of the fire and conduct prescribed burn operations.

Aircraft dropped two additional loads of fire retardant Wednesday, and a helicopter assisted ground crews by dropping water to cool the perimeter, Barclay said.

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Property owner Pete Shelton reported the fire Tuesday afternoon. Officials suspect lightning associated with a dry thunderstorm ignited the blaze. No structure damage, injuries or fatalities have been reported, officials said.

Additional fires

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

■ Moffat County Sheriff's Office firefighters also are battling the Cold Fire in Cold Springs near the Wyoming and Utah borders.

The Cold Fire is eight acres in size and burning in lodgepole pine, according to a Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit news release.

BLM and National Park Service firefighters also responded to the scene.

No structures were threatened.

■ The USA Fire burned nine acres of BLM land off C.R. 7 about 10 miles northwest of Craig.

Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff's Office and BLM engines responded.

The USA Fire reportedly was contained at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

A BLM engine was assigned to patrol the scene Wednesday. There have been no reports of flare-ups.

■ The Black Fire burned half an acre in Dinosaur National Monument. It was contained at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

■ The Buck Fire was reported at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in northwest Moffat County on the east side of Bower Draw.

Smokejumpers responded but could not locate the fire. It was deemed extinguished by natural causes at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Fire danger is high in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and moderate in Routt, Jackson and Grand counties, Barclay said.

Conditions remain dry and vegetation is receptive to any ignition source despite moisture received last weekend.

Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in effect throughout Northwest Colorado.

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