Wildfire Burning Near Meeker Grows

MEEKER, Colo. (CBS4)– Crews are hoping to make progress on the Hunter Fire burning near Meeker in Rio Blanco County.

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Hunter Fire (credit: Albert Linch/BLM)

The Hunter Fire has burned more than 990 acres in the Piceance Basin about 20 miles southwest of Meeker. It was 30 percent contained Monday afternoon.

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Hunter Fire (credit: Rio Blanco County)

Officials say lightning caused the fire. More than 60 firefighters are battling the blaze.

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Hunter Fire (credit: Albert Linch/BLM)

Meanwhile, two more wildfires are also burning in northwest Colorado.

The 60-acre Temple Fire sent a firefighter from the U.S. Forest Service to the hospital with leg burns. It was 60 percent contained Sunday.

The Cross Fire also has burned about 55 acres and is also 60 percent contained.

Both fires are located near Craig.

Last Tuesday, fire managers on Colorado’s Western Slope told reporters hot and dry conditions in the region are contributing to an elevated fire danger.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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