RANGELY, Colo. – Colorado’s severe drought has led to eight major wildfires. The dry conditions, low humidity, and a number of wildfires in the area have caused limited resources to fire crews. The Oil Springs fire in Rangely has currently torched over 12,000 acres causing Highway 139 to remain closed until fire crews can gain control of the fire.
The fire originally started by lightning, and quickly advanced east due to severe wind in the area. The fire’s path is now moving north causing major concern for the Rio Blanco Sheriff as the fire continues to grow. Those fire crews are a part of a type-two incident management operation to take greater control of the Oil Springs fire.
With weather permitting, fire crews can now start offense against the Oil Springs fire by fighting fire with fire. The heavy cloud coverage and chance of precipitation in the forecast has allowed fire crews to begin laying fire retardant and start control burns in the area to slow the progression of the Oil Springs fire.
While the crews are fighting the fire Rio Blanco County will move to stage two fire restrictions on Friday and the sheriff urges the public to take these precautions seriously.