Western Colorado wildfire slows down
July 21, 2009
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – A 2,600-acre wildfire on National Forest land in Mesa County has slowed down because of cooler temperatures and higher humidity.
Fire managers said Tuesday crews are monitoring the blaze, which was ignited by lightning on July 10.
District Ranger Connie Clementson says the fire is helping the land by releasing nutrients into the soil and killing insect-infested vegetation. Clementson says the fire will help improve wildlife habitat.
Several Forest Service roads have been closed because of the blaze.
Fire managers say lightning strikes ignited four or five other small fires on Sunday. Six smoke jumpers and two engines are on the scene of one blaze, which grew to nearly 3 acres.
It’s expected to be under control by Wednesday.