Cow Creek Fire activity dwindles in past days

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OURAY COUNTY, Colo. (KJCT)- The Cow Creek Fire is burning 785 acres and is still 0 percent contained, however, in the past days it has seen a decrease in activity due to inclement weather.

Last Wednesday and Thursday the fire experienced several spot fires that increased the acreage of the fire form 85 to 655. Over the last 72 hours, the fire has grown just over a hundred acres.

The fire, which is burning nine miles East of Ridgway, has experienced days of precipitation and colder temperatures, creating positive and negative effects. Fire activity has dwindled, but the conditions, paired with rugged terrain, have hindered the crew's ability to effectively fight the fire on the ground.

In a press release, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest Service say that heavy fuel loads are holding heat and may become active as warm weather increases mid-week.

On Monday, forecasts include slightly warmer weather and gusts that could rise to 35 miles per hour. Tuesday looks to have a significant increase in temperature, with a high nearing 50 degrees.

Currently, over 200 workers are battling this fire, with five aircrafts aiding their efforts.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

There will be a community meeting at the Ridgway Elementary School on Tuesday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Closures due to the fire are as followed:

Forest Service Roads: Owl Creek Pass Road (FSR 858) from the forest boundary up to Owl Creek Pass), Cow Creek Road (FSR 857) and West Fork Road (FSR 860) from Owl Creek Pass. Forest Service Trails (FST): Stealey Mountain South Trail (FST 258), Courthouse Trail (FST 218), Stealey Mountain North Trail (FST 219), Old Owl Creek Trail (FST 236), Cow Creek Trail (FST 220), Wetterhorn Basin Trail (FST 226), Spalding Park Trail (FST 237), FST 219.1B, 236.1B, 236.1A, and 144.

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