Kodiak Fire burning in rural NW Colorado

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CRAIG, Colo. – Firefighters said a small wildfire burning in north west Colorado was started by a lightning strike.

The Kodiak fire started Saturday around 12:30 p.m., said Lynn Barclay of the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

The fire is about 54 acres in size and was burning in thick pinion and juniper trees on BLM land about one mile east of Little Bears Ears Peak. The fire is about 25 miles northwest of Maybell, Colo.

The area on fire has a prescribed fire plan in place and is part of the buffer area for the Bears Ears prescribed fire project.

Three engine crews and a 20-person fire crew worked Monday to build a containment line around the fire.

No structures are threatened and there are no reported injuries thus far.

Later Monday, additional fire crews are scheduled to arrive to help fight the fire.

Fire danger is high in Moffat County.

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