Colorado wildfires: Warming trend settling in on the Western Slope.

A new wildfire, the Red Rock fire, is burning on the Western Slope in the Bookcliffs area north of Palisade.

The fire, which is billowing smoke, has burned about 50 acres, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Two fire engines and two firefighting hand crews are working on containment lines around the fire, which started on Friday.

Wildfires burning elsewhere in Colorado have been calmed by recent, relatively cool, weather with periods of rain and humidity levels above single digits. Two fires burning along the Utah border, the West and Wild Cow fires, have been 100% contained. A third fire burning on the border, Oil Springs, is 97% contained.

Thunderstorms are possible Saturday afternoon and evening on the Western Slope and in parts of the central mountains, which could aid firefighters. Although, lightning could be a concern. Scattered thunderstorms are possible through the weekend and into next week, bringing bursts of heavy rains, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s the latest on some of the fires burning in Colorado:

Oil Springs fire

The fire, along the Utah border south of Rangely, has burned 12,613 acres, about 20-square miles, according to fire officials. Sparked by lightning on June 18, the fire is 97% contained. More than 300 firefighters are working on the blaze.

Lately the fire has had minimal growth and 100% containment is estimated on Saturday, according to fire officials.

The weather has been warming up, with temperatures climbing into the mid-90s in the valleys and the 80s along the slopes, fire officials said. Relative humidity is expected to drop into the low 20s and upper teens.

Muddy Slide fire

The fire has burned 4,093 acres, more than 6-square miles, since starting on June 20. The cause of the fire burning in Routt County is under investigation. The fire is 42% contained.

As of Saturday morning, the Routt County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all evacuation notices for the Muddy Slide Fire. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect in Routt County and fireworks are illegal on federal lands.

Sylvan fire

Since starting on June 20 in Eagle County, the fire has burned 3,792 acres, almost 6-square miles, according to InciWeb. There is 65% containment.

A downed powerline running through a portion of the fire area will be re-energized on Saturday, fire officials said. Spotty showers fell on parts of the fire on Friday, with one isolated downpour producing about a half inch of rain.

On Saturday, temperatures are expected to rise and the relative humidity will decrease as a warming trend settles in. There’s a possibility of showers into next week and fire growth, if any, is expected to be limited.


Wildfire map

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