Smoke in the air was undeniable this weekend in much of the Uintah Basin due to wildfires, primarily in neighboring Colorado. The main contributor comes from Rio Blanco County. According to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, the Hunt Fire is burning on BLM land about 26 miles southwest of Meeker and was estimated on Sunday to have grown to 2,300 acres. The fire was started by lightning on Thursday, September 5th and is burning in a remote area in thick brush on ridges and valleys. On Saturday, “firefighters focused on protecting values at risk, including several isolated historic cabins and oil and gas facilities. In managing the fire for resource benefits, crews will work to keep the fire north of the Rio Blanco County line, south of an oil pipeline north of the fire, east of Hunter Creek and west of West Willow Creek.” All are urged to be fire safe during the dry, windy conditions. 

Image source: Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office Facebook