Western Colorado wildfire now at 250 acres | VailDaily.com

Western Colorado wildfire now at 250 acres

Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post

The Spring Creek fire eight miles southeast of Rangely is now estimated at 250 acres and is threatening oil and gas infrastructure, a White River Electric power line and three buildings.

The fire, which started on private land, is now burning on Bureau of Land Management public land in a mix of sagebrush, pinyon and juniper trees and small stands of Douglas Fir.

Lynn Barclay, spokesperson for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, said that the main objective is to keep the fire from crossing Rio Blanco County Road 103 and reaching more power lines.

Barclay said the blaze is threatening pipelines and pumper and compressor stations.

Currently there are four hot shot crews, two helicopters and three air tankers fighting the fire.

About 140 people are fighting the fire.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_12937845

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