Grand County leaves Stage II fire ban in place |

Grand County leaves Stage II fire ban in place

Sky-Hi News staff report
Grand County, CO Colorado

Grand County leaves Stage II fire ban in place

West Slope fire crews respond to 11 wildfires over the weekend

Sky-Hi News staff report

Grand County left in place its Stage II fire ban following a conference call Tuesday in the wake of weekend thunderstorms that ignited nine wildland fires in northwest Colorado, according to the Colorado Interagency Dispatch Center.

The majority of the lightning-sparked fires were in Moffat County on Bureau of Land Management public lands with one on private land. One was in Rio Blanco County on BLM land, and one in Routt County on U.S. Forest Service land in Routt National Forest. Of the two fires in Grand County, one was on Colorado State land and the other on BLM land.

The two human-caused wildfires in Grand County were the Rifle Fire at the rifle range on Colorado State land near Parshall and the Hogback Fire, which was an abandoned campfire that grew to one-tenth acre. Both incidents were contained with no injuries, no evacuations and no structures destroyed.

The Scandinavian Fire, four miles south of the Colorado/Wyoming border on BLM land, was the largest at 74 acres. The 7/11 Fire, which started on BLM land and burned on to private, was 22 acres and 10 miles northwest of Craig.

Conditions are predicted to dry out again in northwest Colorado until the next monsoonal flow, which is expected this weekend.

Fire danger is high in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties and moderate in Routt, Jackson, and Grand counties.

Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect in these counties with the exception of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest, where Stage I bans are in effect. Shooting, except while hunting, is prohibited on Sulphur Ranger District lands. Be sure to check with local agencies for current fire restriction information before you travel. .

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