CRAIG, Colo. (CBS4) – The Alkali Fire in northwestern Colorado grew to 20,000 acres overnight amid 90-degree heat and erratic winds.
The blaze, which has destroyed one cabin and one barn, is burning on private and Bureau of Land Management acreage 14 miles north of Craig in Moffat County. The fire had charred roughly 8,000 acres by Wednesday. It was reported at 2:30 p.m.
The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit said dry fuels, high temperatures and sustained winds with thunderstorms are adding to the fight. Cloudy skies on Thursday, however, are helping crews.
Two 20-person crews and five engines are battling the fire. Oil and gas pipelines in the area are threatened.
“The fire made significant runs through sagebrush and grass earlier (Wednesday) jumping county roads and emitting embers which started spot fires. Spread potential of fire remains high,” Lynn Barclay of the unit said in a statement on Wednesday.
Latest Wildfire Reports
- Waldo Canyon Researchers: New Firefighting Approach Needed
- Fire Crews Battle Grass Fire Near Franktown
- Crews Battling Wildfire Burning On The Eastern Plains
- Prescribed Burn Gets Out Of Control And Damages Structures
- North Hogback Fire Investigators Say Passing Traffic Likely Sparked Blaze
- Firefighters Reach 70 Percent Containment On North Hogback Fire
– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.
Wildfire Photo Galleries