Crews actively fighting fire southeast of Rangely

(Rio Blanco County Sheriff)
Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 4:54 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:19 AM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - The Dragon Fire burning southeast of Rangely has grown to 322 acres, and fire officials say that the potential for fire activity remains high due to dry weather and dry fuels.

The lightning-caused fire was first reported to authorities on Tuesday afternoon, and several local agencies are battling the fire, along with aircraft resources. No structures are being threatened at this time.

The fire has forced the closure of County Road 23 at mile marker 5, County Road 113, and County Road 105.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday for gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels.

Critical fire weather is expected on Sunday afternoon, with southwest winds gusts of up to 50 mph being forecasted.

Smoke will be visible from Highway 64, Highway 139, Rangely, Meeker, and Highway 40.

Containment of the fire remains at 0 percent.

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