DENVER (KDVR) — After the two largest wildfires in Colorado history burned roughly 400,000 acres combined in 2020, concern is already growing for the 2021 wildfire season.
The following are the fires currently burning in Colorado that don’t have 100% containment.
Authorities closed the National Forest boundary on the west near Clark in Routt County; north to Big Agnes Mountain; east over the Continental Divide to the National Forest boundary in Jackson County near Red Canyon; and south to Mount Ethel.
Voluntary pre-evacuations were issued on Friday, July 9, for the Eastern Seedhouse area of Routt County after the Morgan Creek Fire sparked. A number of county roads were closed in response. A forest closure order remains in effect for areas near the Morgan Creek Fire including the many areas in the Seedhouse recreation corridor and the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area. All remain in effect.
- Location: Eastern Seedhouse area of Routt County
- Size: 7,500 acres (July 31)
- Containment: 8% (July 31)
- Evacuations: Voluntary pre-evacuations issued July 9 for the Eastern Seedhouse area
- Flight Restriction: No Drone Zone in place over the Morgan Creek Fire
The Sylvan Fire is burning in the middle of the White River Forest, about halfway between Gypsum and Leadville.
People living in Glenwood Springs, which is still recovering after the Grizzly Creek Fire destroyed more than 30,000 acres last summer, said they are worried about what a continued dry season early this year will mean for the fall.
- Location: 12 miles south of Eagle, near Sylvan Lake State Park
- Size: 3,792 Acres
- Containment: 68%
- August 1 is the estimated containment date.
A wildfire that ignited on Sunday, June 20, about 18 miles northwest of Kremmling, has been named the Muddy Slide Fire as it is positioned near Muddy Creek and the Slide.
Muddy Slide Fire is expected to be a long duration event. The fire continues to smolder within its existing footprint with limited potential for spread. The fire has had no growth in weeks.
Muddy Slide Fire area closure on the Routt National Forest has been reduced. County Road 16 (Forest Road 270) is now open to through traffic in south Routt County. Forest Road 275 is also open. The area closure now more closely reflects an enlarged fire footprint, west of the 270 Road and north of Highway 134 along the National Forest borders.
- Location: Located in the Gore Range, Routt National Forest, northwest of Lynx Pass, near Muddy Creek and The Slide
- Size: 4,093 acres
- Containment: 70% — Full containment is expected by the end of July.
- Area, road, and trail closures remain in effect. Still included within the closed area are the Morrison-Divide Trail, Lynx Pass Campground, and multiple Forest roads
- Temporary Flight Restriction: No Drone Zone is in effect for the fire area and has been enlarged to include Stagecoach Reservoir
The Hicks Fire was reported at 5:13 p.m. on Thursday, July 29. No structures were threatened that night, although the small fire and smoke could be seen from Highway 50, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
- Location: Gunnison, 2.5 miles south of Highway 50, 5 miles southwest of Sargents, off National Forest System Trail (NFST) #492
- Size: 1.23 acres
- Containment: 0%