Photo courtesy of Hotchkiss Fire District
Hotchkiss firefighter Nathan Kroschel is shown working on the Chaining Fire which is located on BLM land about four miles north of Hotchkiss. Both the Chaining Fire and the one on Oak Mesa are contained.
Two fires north of Hotchkiss were contained Saturday by the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit (MIFMU). The Oak Mesa Fire and the Chaining Fire were both started by lightning strikes.