Alkali Fire estimate up to 20,000 acres on mostly private land in Moffat County

MOFFAT COUNTY, Colo. - New estimates from the Bureau of Land Management suggest the Alkali Fire north of Maybell in Moffat County has now reached approximately 20,000 acres.

BLM spokeswoman Lynn Barclay provided the updated estimate to 7NEWS at 10:40 a.m. Thursday morning. Two state hand crews, consisting of 20 firefighters each, are battling the flames along with six engines, four road graders and two water tenders, Barclay added.

The fire has destroyed one homestead cabin, a barn and a propane tank. Barclay also said that three cattle carcasses were found in the area.

The majority of the fire is on private land, but some has also spread on BLM property. Barclay said ranchers in the area are moving cattle to safety.

While cloud cover is helping so far Thursday, high temperatures and 15 mph sustained winds with gusts are working against the firefighters. Firefighters are also concerned that dry grass and sage can allow the fire to grow quickly.

Barclay said a flight over the fire is planned for later Thursday to gather a better size estimate.

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