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Release Date: 07/10/09
Contacts: David Boyd 970-319-4130    
  Erin Curtis 970-210-2126    

Roan Cliffs Fire Update

UCR Media Information Line: 970-244-3104

 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Fire officials with the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit continue to manage the lightning-caused Roan Cliffs Fire west of Baxter Pass, about 32 miles northwest of Grand Junction. The fire has now burned 935 acres of mostly pinyon-juniper and oak brush in very steep terrain, including 262 acres in Utah and 673 acres in Colorado.

Fire officials are managing the fire to benefit the vegetation and wildlife in the area. They are allowing the fire to burn naturally but are keeping it in check on the north flank to reduce risk to ranch structures several miles away.

Fire activity is expected to vary day by day based on the specific terrain the fire is burning and on weather conditions. People can expect to see a lot of smoke on some days and little to no smoke on others.

A heavy air tanker and a single engine air tanker dropped retardant yesterday to keep the fire from moving farther north. Two helicopters also assisted firefighters in this effort. Aircraft may be used today to hold the north side. Twenty-one firefighters are now assigned to the fire.

Fire officials note that despite the area receiving significant moisture during the past month, moisture levels in the trees and shrubs are below average. They urge the public to be cautious with fire while working or recreating outside.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 07-13-2009