Bureau of Land Management teams and others are fighting two fires in the Hotchkiss area, and officials have issued a red flag warning because of wind and fire conditions.

The Oak Mesa Fire is burning about five miles north-northwest of Hotchkiss, and is at less than an acre, with no risks posed to life or property as of Friday afternoon.

The Chaining Fire is on private land near Hotchkiss, and estimated to be at 4 acres, with no risks posed to life or property.

The Hotchkiss Fire Protection District and a fixed wing aircraft are battling the blaze, with additional firefighters from Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit and a federal-contract single engine air tanker (SEAT) expected to arrive.

Smoke may be visible in the area because of the fires.

A red flag warning has been issued for much of west-central Colorado, due to gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels, but is expected to be dropped later this (Friday) evening

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