The Streeter wildfire that started Tuesday morning north of Meeker in Moffat County has burned 1,000 acres and forced the evacuation of a coal mine.
Authorities evacuated the Colowyo Mine, which is located about 10 miles north of Meeker, according to the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. MOre than 200 people work at the mine, according to Elk Ridge Mining and Reclamation company’s website. The fire also closed roads in the area, and heavy smoke is billowing.
Fire suppression is difficult because of high winds, dry land and rugged terrain, the sheriff’s office said.
Early reports put the fire at 25 acres when it was spotted, but the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center reported at 2:38 p.m. on Twitter that the fire had spread to 1,088 acres.
Three hotshot firefighting crews and two other firefighting crews, including Craig Fire, are on scene. A tanker fire was ordered to help douse the fire just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, RMACC said on Twitter.
Colorado 13 between Nine Mile Gap and County Road 180 is closed in Moffat County.
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