July 24, 2008
Lightning Sparks Blazes in Northwest
By Bill Scanlon
Lightning moving through northwestern Colorado on Tuesday and Wednesday ignited 14 fires in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, including a 100-acre blaze that may prove beneficial to Bureau of Land Management land northwest of Maybell.
The whole area is very dry, with some stretches classified as extremely dry, she said.
Two engines and a hand crew were working the fire Wednesday.
"We have a confinement strategy, trying to take advantage of any natural barriers, such as rocky outcroppings or rivers that can form a barrier to the fire's spread," Barclay said.
The fire could help regenerate grasses, open up some meadow areas and rid the area of decaying trees, she said.
Originally published by Bill Scanlon, Rocky Mountain News.
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