Rain slowed the major fires burning on Colorado's Western Slope on Thursday helping firefighters to work on containing the blazes.
However, conditions are expected to dry out next week and the fires are likely to heat up again.
Monsoons have largely failed three years in a row on the Western Slope and snowpack was below normal over the winter contributing to fire danger.
Here are some of the large, active wildfires burning throughout Colorado as of 11 a.m. Friday, according to the InciWeb Incident Information System.
Muddy Slide fire
- Size: 4,150 acres
- Containment: 0%
- Location: In the Gore Range, Routt National Forest, west of Kremmling
- Cause: under investigation
The blaze slowed on Thursday after getting .2 of an inch of rain and crews were able to put in fire lines by removing vegetation around the fire. As of Friday, 186 emergency responders were fighting the fire. The fire is expected to keep burning because the vegetation is exceptionally dry. Additional aircraft arrived Thursday to help fight the blaze. Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for county roads in the area. The Muddy Slide fire started about 3 p.m. Sunday.
- Size: 3,752 acres
- Containment: 0%
- Location: 16 miles south of Eagle
- Cause: Suspected lightning, under investigation
The Sylvan fire was first reported at 3:15 p.m. Sunday in the White River National Forest, near Sylvan Lake State Park. As of Friday morning, about 200 emergency responders were working on the fire. Rain of up to a half inch in some areas over the fire aided firefighters on Thursday and slowed the growth of the fire. More precipitation is expected Friday. Next week, the fire could heat back up again with warm weather.
Oil Springs fire
- Size: 12,707 acres
- Containment: 5%
- Location: 20 miles south of Rangely
- Cause: Lightning
Rain on Thursday night slowed the fire and allowed firefighters to achieve 5% containment. Cooler weather and more rain Friday could keep slowing the blaze and help firefighters increase containment, according to the Rio Blanco Sheriff's Office. All evacuations were lifted Thursday although Highway 139 remains closed. The Oil Springs fire began burning June 18.
- Size: 3,421 acres
- Containment: 50%
- Location: Middle Mountain in the northwest corner of Moffat County
- Cause: lightning
Rain slowed the fire Thursday and crews burned fuels on the on the northwest edge of the fire to help contain it. The fire increased in size because of this work. Crews are expected to work on fire lines, areas where vegetation has been removed to control the spread of the fire, the Bureau of Land Management said. Fire restrictions are in place and several road closures were issued for county roads.