July 11, 2012
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. Backfiring is a containment strategy that entails firefighters going ahead of the fire and conducting prescribed burn operations.
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Officials suspect the Cedar Knob Fire south of Maybell was sparked by lightning. It has grown to an estimated 600 acres, and no information was available about the level of containment.
Firefighters are battling what officials have named the Cedar Knob Fire, which is located off Moffat County Road 59 South about 20 miles south of Maybell and is thought to have been ignited by lightning.