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Release Date: 05/29/13
Contacts: Christopher B. Joyner, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 210-2126    

Crews Respond to Wildfire in Rio Blanco County (05-24-13)

CRAIG, Colo. –Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit crews are now responding to a Rio Blanco County, lightning caused wildfire near Willow Creek in the Piceance Basin.

The nine acre fire is burning in pinyon-juniper vegetation and is not threatening any structures.  The fire behavior is creeping with some spotting and individual tree torching.   The fire is on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM is currently exploring an option that will allow the fire to continue burning to meet beneficial resource management objectives. 

Three type six engines and one type four engine are now responding to the fire.  A Hotshot crew out of Craig is also fighting the fire. 

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: 05-29-2013