The Bull Draw Fire in western Colorado has now burned 22,000 acres and containment is nowhere in sight.

As of this morning (August 13) the lightning-caused fire burning 12 miles north of Nucla had consumed 22,000 acres. Authorities say containment was only at 19%, with more than 300 firefighters are at work on the blaze.

Afternoon thunderstorms could make firefighting difficult with strong and erratic winds expected, along with very little precipitation.

The northwest edge of the blaze had moved into Campbell Point and Coyote Basin area, where a travel camper remains the only known property damage.

On the southeastern edge of the fire, crews are working with an archeologist to construct a fire line while preserving historic sites.

The western side of the fire is moving toward some natural barriers, and so that area remains unstaffed to concentrate on more critical areas.

A 17-mile section of Divide Road remains closed. The closure is from the junction of “Brushy Ridge” National Forest Service Road (NFSR) #408, and the Divide Road NFSR #402, to the “Windy Point” junction NFSR #600 Road and the Divide Road #NFS 402. If you have specific questions about the fire you can call the Grand Valley Ranger District at 970-242-8211.

For other closures,  you can check out the BLM map of emergency closure orders.

Another community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 14 at the Naturita Elementary School beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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