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Lost Solar fire following natural course

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The Lost Solar fire in Rio Blanco County sparked naturally and will have long-term benefits of clearing undergrowth and rejuvinating new, nutrient-laden forage to improve big game habitat.

MEEKER — Smoke from the Lost Solar fire is visible in Eagle County as it has grown in acreage since Tuesday due to weather and conditions to about 2,024 acres.

The fire has been burning since Aug. 8, and due to its remote location in the Flat Tops Wilderness and its natural ignition, the Blanco Ranger District and local fire personnel are managing the fire with a confine and contain strategy.

Crews will continue to monitor the fire from a safe distance and allow the fire to take its natural course within a pre-identified management boundary, formed from natural barriers such as rocks, cliffs and streams.

"The fire is progressing pretty much as we expected," said Blanco District Ranger Curtis Keetch in a news release.

Long-term benefits of the Lost Solar fire include clearing undergrowth and the rejuvenation of new, nutrient-laden forage to improve its big game habitat.

Smoke from the fire is also visible in Garfield and Rio Blanco counties. No structures are threatened and there is currently a public safety closure order for the Lost Solar Trail and surrounding areas.

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The fire is burning northward into the Lost Solar Drainage and currently one crew of about 10 firefighters is monitoring the fire from the ground, and crews are actively monitoring the fire from the air.

For more information, call the Blanco Ranger Station at 970-878-4039.