Oil Springs Fire Map as Colorado Blaze Spreads to 12,000 Acres

The Oil Springs Fire in Colorado's Rio Blanco County has burned at least 11,933 acres, with zero percent contained, according to the latest report Wednesday from the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office.

Evacuation orders and road closures are in place in parts of the impacted area. No injuries or deaths have been reported so far.

The sheriff's office stated Wednesday that the blaze, which was caused by lightning, spread north on Tuesday evening along the eastern edge of Texas Mountain and the north end of the Sand Draw area.

According to the latest report from the Incident Information System of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), "active fire behavior" was observed Tuesday due to "dry conditions, receptive fuels and wind."

The fire, which began on June 18, is expected to "continue to spread actively, including upslope runs and occasional crown fire runs, unless significant precipitation occurs," the NWCG warned Wednesday.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday that while there were some scattered showers and clouds helped cool temperatures, "all vegetation in the area remains critically dry and fire growth is still expected."

Evacuations are in place for the following areas, according to the latest report Wednesday from the sheriff's office:

  • County Road 116
  • County Road 27
  • County Road 28
  • County Road 120
  • County Road 26A
  • County Road 103
  • County Road 128

Road closures are also in effect for Highway 139, County Road 23 and County Road 113 intersection, as well as County Road 122 at mile marker 10, the sheriff's office said Wednesday.

Newsweek has contacted the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office for further comment.

Other Colorado fires

Based on acreage, the Oil Springs Fire is the biggest of five "active large fires" currently burning in Colorado, according to the latest report Tuesday from the National Interagency Fire Center.

The Sylvan Fire in Eagle County has reached 3,583 acres, according to the latest report Wednesday from the NWCG.

The NWCG said Wednesday: "The fire grew little today, and most of the smoke seen was from vegetation continuing to burn within the interior of the fire."

A closure order for the area around the Sylvan Fire was issued by White River National Forest for public and firefighter safety, according to the NWCG report Wednesday.

The West Fire, located about 80 miles northwest of the Craig area, remains at 3,107 acres, with 30 percent contained, the NWCG said Wednesday.

"Cloud cover and higher humidity contributed to moderate fire behavior" on Wednesday.

An NWCG report Tuesday said the Trail Canyon Fire, burning 10 miles northwest of the Red Mesa area of Montezuma County, has been "largely contained" at 90 percent, with no new growth seen over the two days prior to the report.

The blaze reached 881 acres, as of Tuesday, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

The Collom Fire, located around 12 miles northwest of Meeker, has burned at least 640 acres, and has been 95 percent contained, the National Interagency Fire Center said Tuesday.

A fire in Colorado's Black Forest area.
A fire burning back in June 2013 in Colorado's Black Forest area. The Oil Springs Fire in Colorado's Rio Blanco County has burned nearly 12,000 acres, as of Wednesday. Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault/U.S. Army via Getty Images