Driven by warmer temperatures and lower humidity, the Morgan Creek wildfire north of Steamboat Springs grew to 5,117 acres on Monday and is 0% contained.
The good news for firefighters is that Tuesday’s cold, wet weather is expected to aid their firefighting efforts. According to Troy Hagan, Incident Commander of the US Forest Service.
“Due to changing weather conditions, smoke production from the Morgan Creek Fire will be much lower today than it was yesterday,” Hagan wrote on Tuesday.
The fire started 15 miles north of Steamboat Springs on July 9. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Around 400 jawans are controlling the fire.
#morgan creekfire_co Statistics:
Size: 5,117 acres
Total Personnel: 395
Location: 15 miles north of Steamboat Springs, CO
Reported on: July 9, 2021
Reason: Under investigation
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