LOMA, Colo – Crews continue to work on putting out the Oil Springs Fire in Rio Blanco County, which has now burned up to 12,700 acres with 155 personnel responding. With the fire still encroaching on roadways, the Colorado Department of Transportation says Colorado 139 near Loma will remain closed until at least Friday evening,
“But this fire is very active and weather conditions in general encourage fire activity right now, so I would plan on having an alternate route if we’re not reopening on Friday,” says CDOT’s Elise Thatcher.
Should the road remain closed through Friday, CDOT will provide another update for travelers on Saturday morning,
“While the Oil Springs Fire continues to burn, rainy days and crew’s efforts to contain the Wild Cow Fire have both largely contributed to its conditions slowly improving,” says KREX5’s reporter Reilly Spence.
The Wild Cow Fire near Garfield County has now burned over 500 acres with 54 personnel on the scene, but it is close to containment,
“With the recent weather that came in we got some humidity, temperatures cooled down, so the fire behavior really decreased,” says BLM’s Eric Coulter.
Officials say that unlike the Oil Springs Fire, it will not require any road closures right now. CDOT is keeping a close eye on the status of the Oil Springs Fire and plans to reopen it as soon as it is safe to do so,
“By having that alternate route in mind, that could make your life a little easier as the closure continues, but also make sure that we’re not putting extra pressure on the crews when it’s just not safe to be driving on the road at this time,” continues Thatcher.
With active wildfires and storms approaching, remember to check road and weather conditions before traveling. You can monitor the closures by visiting Travel — Colorado Department of Transportation (codot.gov).