Citadel and Tschuddi fires burning in western Colorado

CRAIG, Colo. - Firefighters are reporting new progress containing two lightning-sparked fires burning in Western Colorado.

Officials said Monday that the Citadel Fire in Moffat County grew to an estimated 1,818 acres. The fire was first reported Sunday and is burning in timber, sagebrush, pinion and juniper trees.

Last night, fire crews conducted a burnout operation on the southwest side of the fire. They wanted to establish an anchor point from which they can begin extending their line around the fire.

During the day Monday, with the help from additional resources, firefighters were able to begin building that fire line.

Three structures are threatened by that fire.

Another lightning-caused fire about 20 miles northwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County has burned on about one square mile, or about 650 acres. It is threatening one cabin, but firefighters burned vegetation around the cabin to remove fuel for the fire.

The Tschuddi Fire was first reported Saturday. It is now 25 percent contained.

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