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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming High Desert District (HDD), in coordination with BLM Colorado, Carbon County, Wyo., and Moffat County, Colo., is fighting the Willow wildfire approximately 15 miles southeast of Baggs, Wyo.
The wildfire was first reported at 2:30 p.m. on June 19; the cause is under investigation. The fire began in Wyoming and crossed into Colorado, burning an estimated 750 to 800 acres of juniper, sagebrush and grass in rolling terrain. Firefighters initiated structure protection on two mobile homes and a barn but no evacuations were ordered.The blaze is approximately 70 percent contained and BLM Incident Commander Eric Stuart expects to control the fire the evening of June 21, if current progress is maintained. Stuart states, “Windy, hot weather and dry fuels contributed to the fire’s growth and made initial attack difficult for this time of year. We are using all available resources to pursue containment.” Resources on the wildfire include one Type II helicopter, the Lakeview, Ore., helitack crew, three BLM engines from Rawlins, Wyo., three BLM engines from Vail and Burns, Ore., and one Type II handcrew from central Oregon. Released resources include three Carbon County engines, two Moffat County engines, three Baggs Volunteer Fire Department engines, and two volunteer fire department engines from Encampment, Wyo.
Outdoor recreationist are urged to use caution or avoid the area entirely since fire behavior can change suddenly and fire spread is unpredictable if high winds develop.