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Rain fails to slow spread of Bull Draw Fire

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Although storms brought 1/10 to 1/3 of an inch of rain to the Bull Draw Fire, there was not enough rain to impact the fire's spread southwest of Delta.

According to an update provided Tuesday morning, the lightning-caused fire has consumed 25,190 acres. Minnesota Incident Command System Type 2 Blue Team is directing the firefighting efforts of 380 personnel. The fire, which started July 29 about 12 miles northwest of Nucla, is just 19 percent contained. Smoky conditions persist throughout the western portion of the state.

Storm cells continue to surround areas of the fire, bringing gusty and erratic outflow winds, along with active lightning. Due to the weather conditions on Monday, the fire made two main pushes to the northwest and southern edge of the fire. In the northwest, fire grew around the Campbell Point/Coyote Basin area. In the southern area, fire continued to push into the 2004 Campbell fire scar.

Engines and crews are working around the Campbell Point homes to reduce the amount of heat in that area. On the northeastern edge of the fire, crews are felling hazard trees and preparing the Divide Road for burnout operations later in the week. The southern edge of the fire has two different operations. The first operation is utilizing hand crews and dozers to construct direct fireline connecting to the old 2004 Campbell Fire scar. The second operation is utilizing hand crews and dozers to construct contingency fire line around the southern area due to values at risk. The western edge of the fire has not gained significant acreage and continues to smolder around natural barriers. This edge of the fire is unstaffed allowing resources to be utilized on higher priority areas.

Smoke from the western states, and various fires around the state of Colorado will continue to impact this area.

There are closures in place for BLM and U.S. Forest Service areas affected by the Bull Draw Fire, including a 17-mile section of Divide Road. Some county roads are also affected. For a map of current BLM and national forest closure areas, go to https://bit.ly/2vSLNLe.

For a detailed daily air quality summary for all areas of Colorado, visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx.

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