Crews work 3 wildfires in northwestern Colorado

CRAIG, Colo. — Crews from the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit and local cooperators worked three fires under red flag conditions in northwestern Colorado on Saturday, a spokesman with the Bureau of Land Management said.

More than 40 firefighters, five engines, four heavy air tankers, six single-engine air tankers and a helicopter are working the 500-acre Hunter Fire about 20 miles southwest of Meeker.

Smoke from the fire was visible from the Colorado River corridor and Craig.

The fire was reported Saturday and is likely a holdover from lightning several days ago.

Oil and gas infrastructure is in the area, and firefighters do not have a containment estimate.

The Temple Fire burned 65 acres on Friday about 25 miles west of Craig but did not grow significantly overnight as about 40 firefighters secured fire lines.

Firefighters do not have a containment estimate. The fire is mostly on BLM land with a small amount of private land.

Eight firefighters are closely monitoring the Cross Fire, which burned 55 acres on Friday in a rugged, remote area on BLM land in the Cross Mountain Wilderness Study Area.

The lightning-ignited fire did not grow significantly Saturday and is being checked by natural features.

A red flag warning signifying weather conditions that can lead to large fire growth remains in effect in northwestern Colorado through Sunday.