Wolf Fire burns more than 2,000 acres since Saturday

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MOFFAT COUNTY, Colo. — The smaller of two wildfires burning in western Colorado is now fully contained at 408 acres, according to a Bureau of Land Management representative.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The lightning-sparked Wolf Fire grew by nearly 2,000 acres overnight to more than 6,100 acres.

Containment of the Wolf Fire was immediately known.

August 4, 2012

MOFFAT COUNTY, Colo. – Firefighters made progress in battling two wildfires burning in Moffat County Saturday.

The Wolf Fire was first reported Friday and has burned 4,200 acres approximately five miles south of Elk Springs off highway 40. Lightning is the suspected cause.

Crews established afireline on the north flank of the fire on Saturday, with the majority of the growth on the southern end.

“Crews have been working hard and made good progress today,” said Incident Commander Mike Fralicks. “We need to wait and see if the fireline on the north holds when tested by higher winds.”

Containment is at 10 percent.

The Divide Fire has burned approximately 250 acres around five miles south of the Wolf Fire. Containment is estimated at 50 percent.

Two smaller lightning-sparked fires are burning in the Piceance Basin area in Rio Blanco County. Both have been contained with less than two acres burned.

The Sage Fire in Routt County a few miles south of Hayden is contained at six acres.  It is on private land and the cause is undetermined.