Moffat County grows to more than 5,000 acres

Posted at 9:14 PM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 08:32:07-04

CRAIG, Colo. -- A wildfire that's threatening structures in Moffat County grew to more than 5,000 acres Thursday night.

State emergency officials said the Winter Valley Fire was 5,200 acres as of Friday morning.

The fire, which is burning a mile and a half from Elk Springs in the western part of the county, is threatening 25 to 30 homes as well as oil and gas facilities and an FAA tower. It also has closed roads and is threatening to cut power to thousands in the area.

Several people at the Deerlodge Park Campground were evacuated as the fast-moving blaze encroached closer to the site. 

The fire started around noon Thursday and quickly got out of control amid dry, windy conditions. The exact cause of the fire is unknown.

Firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management are working the fire.

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