Many fires are still smoldering in Colorado, but employees have worked hard to contain and extinguish the fires.
The most recent spark was the Black Mountain Fire on August 29. As of Tuesday, employees have now established 91% of control. That fire is one of four still active from this summer’s fire season.
The Black Mountain Fire is about eight miles northeast of Kremling. Crews were attached along the western edge of the fire zone, where firefighters cleared debris and pulled hot spots over the past few days. An uncontrolled section is on the south-eastern appendage which is inaccessible due to steep, rocky terrain.
While the fire is a complete suppression effort, the incident was handed over from the Type 3 team to the Type 4 team on Tuesday. This means workers will have fewer resources, but fires caused by lightning have only grown on a few acres in the past two weeks.
The largest fire currently burning in Colorado is the Morgan Creek Fire. Officials said on September 15 that the light-glazed fire 15 miles north of Steamboat Springs is 7,509 acres and is 24% contained. This fire has spread in only four acres in a month.
Sylvan Fire, 3,792 acres, and Muddy Slide Fire, 4,093 acres, are both over 80% with minimal activity. Every explosion was caused by lightning.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office reported a small fire on Monday afternoon. The Virginia Dale Fire is already 25% contained, estimated to be 25 acres larger. The fire is burning near the former Overland Trail Stagecoach Station and near the small community of Virginia Dale.
The National Weather Service in Boulder has warned that the risk of fire will increase through the end of the week.
Click on the markers for details, use the buttons to change what the wildfire shows. Map data is updated automatically by government agencies and may lag behind real-time events. Incident types are numbered 1-5 – a type 1 incident is a large, complex wildfire that affects people and critical infrastructure, a type 5 incident is a small wildfire that involves few workers. Find out more about incident types at the bottom of this page.