Wildfires – Colorado, USA
Oil and gas companies temporarily shut down wells in northwestern Colorado on Sunday as three wildfires ignited by lightning burned across more than 750 acres, mostly federally managed Bureau of Land Management public land.
The 637-acre Hunter wildfire, 20 miles southwest of Meeker, was growing even as 60 firefighters with aerial support attacked flames. The temperatures, nearly 90 degrees, and dry wind favored the fire.
A 65-acre Temple wildfire, 25 miles west of Craig, and the 55-acre Cross fire, 35 miles west of Craig, occupied another 40 firefighters.
Wildfires – Arizona, USA
A wildfire burning two miles southeast of Dragoon in Cochise County has grown to 10,500 acres with no containment, officials said.
The Lizard Fire merged with the Dragoon Fire Friday afternoon and a Type-1 Incident Management Team was brought in to assume command of the blaze, according to an update from the U.S. Forest Service.
Approximately 350 personnel were assigned to the fire, including dozens of engines, a hotshot crew, water tankers and a helicopter. The blaze, which is burning tall grass and brush, was started by lightning Wednesday.