DINOSAUR, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters are battling a wildfire that broke out on Saturday in Moffat County near the town of Dinosaur.

The fire, which is burning on Dinosaur National Monument property in the Ecklund Draw area along the Green River’s Lodore Canyon, was estimated at 400 acres Monday morning. It was caused by lightning, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

The Ecklund Fire (credit: National Park Service)

The Ecklund Fire (credit: National Park Service)

“The Ecklund Fire, located in the Ecklund Draw and Pot Creek area of Lodore Canyon in the Colorado portion of the monument, was reported just before dark on Saturday,” Dan Johnson with Dinosaur National Monument said in a statement. “It is burning mostly grass, brush and Ponderosa pine understory within an old fire scar.”

Two helicopters are assisting an unknown number of National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service firefighters.

“The Ecklund Fire presents no immediate threat to monument visitors or structures. No evacuations are in effect at this time,” Johnson said.

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