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Rain Tempers Oil Springs Fire, Firefighters Reopen Highway

RIO BLANCO COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - The Oil Springs Fire burning in Rio Blanco County now sits at 12,707 acres. The fire is 8% contained as of Saturday morning.

Oil Springs Fire 1 (Rio Blanco County SO)
Oil Springs Fire (credit: Rio Blanco Sheriff)

Fire officials say Highway 139 is back open, but both County Roads 116 and 113 are still closed. They ask drivers to be vigilant of firefighters in the area as they are still using the highway.

Despite muddy conditions on Friday, crews were able to increase containment on the south side of the fire. Between a quarter and half of an inch of rain fell in the area in the last 24 hours.

oil springs fire (rio blanco sheriff)
Oil Springs Fire (credit: Rio Blanco Sheriff)

Crews expect drier and slightly warmer conditions on Saturday. The will work on the northwestern edge toward Texas Mountain.

All evacuations have since been lifted. Lightning caused the fire on June 18.

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