Colorado wildfires: Crews preparing for warm dry days ahead – The Denver Post
Parts of Colorado have been cool and damp for an extended period, but warm, dry weather is forecasted for most of the next 10 days along the Front Range.
Currently, 44 large fires have burned 515,449 acres across the country, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Here’s the latest on some of the fires burning in Colorado:
Muddy Slide fire
Burning 20 miles south of Steamboat Springs, this blaze began June 20 and has been 45% contained. The Routt County fire is burning mostly timber with minimal behavior. NIFC reports that structures and energy infrastructure are threatened, with 18 structures already lost. Officials are anticipating a multi-day drying trend to increase fire potential.
There are 209 people working the 4,093-acre fire, which has cost $7.8 million. Four crews, 14 Engines, four heavy equipment, two Type 1 helicopters, one Type 3 helicopter and one Air Attack aviator are working on hitting the estimated goal of containment by the end of July. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Burning 15 miles south of Eagle, near Sylvan State Park, the fire has grown to 3,792 acres acres since it began on June 20. The fire is fueled by timber and brush with minimal behavior as of late. Still, structures and energy infrastructure are threatened, but no structures have been lost.
“Warm, dry weather in the fire area contributed to an increase in heat and fire activity across the Sylvan Fire today,” the official fire report read Wednesday night. “Firefighters continued to hold, improve, and monitor containment lines and have been actively mopping up hotspots along the fire perimeter.”
There are 95 people working the fire, which has been 68% contained and has cost $6.3 million. Officials estimate the fire to be contained by Aug. 1. The cause of the fire is lightning.
Sylvan State Park remains closed. Officials predict smoke may pick back up in the area.
Oil Springs fire
The lightning-caused blaze has been burning since June 18, charring 12,613 acres of land 42 miles north of Grand Junction. Timber and brush are fueling the fire now, with one structure lost.
There are 38 people working the fire, which has been 97% contained and has cost $5 million. Officials estimate the fire to be contained by July 10.
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