Regional fire count hits 14 |

Regional fire count hits 14

Lightning-caused blazes include 1 near Rabbit Ears

Pilot & Today Staff

— The afternoon thunderstorms typical of Colorado summers continue to spark wildfires across the region.

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported 10 new fires Thursday, adding to four that were burning in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

All of the new fires are less than 1 acre, and all were caused by lightning, spokeswoman Lynn Barclay said. One of the new fires is near Rabbit Ears Pass in Grand County. At one-tenth of an acre, the fire has been fully contained by U.S. Forest Service crews, Barclay said.

The largest wildfire in the region remains the Logging Fire, which is burning on 1,144 acres on the east side of Douglas Mountain in Moffat County. However, crews expected to have the fire fully contained by Thursday night. One crew will remain on hand to conduct mop-up duties and monitor the fire's perimeter, according to a news release.

Two other large fires — the 657-acre East Fork Fire and the 475-acre Reed Fire — were fully contained as of Thursday afternoon. The Twin Buttes Fire, burning on 145 acres on Bureau of Land Management land southwest of Rangely, is being allowed to burn naturally. The fire has not grown in size in several days, the news release stated.

Of the 14 wildfires, none is threatening any structures. Fire crews across the region will continue to check on reported fire locations.

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