Crews fight lightning-sparked fires in NW Colorado |

Crews fight lightning-sparked fires in NW Colorado

MAYBELL, Colo. – Fire crews in dry northwestern Colorado are working to stop several fires sparked by lightning. None of the fires burning Wednesday have prompted evacuations.

The largest is a 600-acre fire on private land near Maybell in Moffat County. The Cedar Knob Fire started Tuesday and was threatening a cabin and some outbuildings but no homes are in danger.

An 8-acre fire is also burning in the Cold Springs area near the Wyoming and Utah borders.

Another fire was reported Wednesday north of Oil Springs Mountain near Rangely in Rio Blanco County. At last report, it was only a quarter of an acre but no other details were available.

Several other smaller fires were contained before they could spread very far. Rain fell in the region over the weekend but less than fell along the Front Range. Fire managers say they would need at least 4 inches of rain to escape the danger of dry lightning storms igniting new fires.

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