UPDATED: New wildfire pops up west of Steamboat; crews investigate smoke reports south of Stagecoach
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 2 p.m. Saturday to include additional information on smoke reports south of Stagecoach.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue and West Routt Fire Protection District crews responded to the report of a wildfire late Friday afternoon in the area of Wolf Mountain, north of U.S. Highway 40 between Hayden and Milner.
Upon further investigation, the fire was located on the east side of Slippery Sides Mountain. Now called the Elk Run Fire, it was last reported as burning 3 acres, according to fire officials.
West Routt Fire responded with two brush trucks and six firefighters and will return Saturday. The fire is located within Steamboat’s fire district.
Aerial crews assisting with the Morgan Creek Fire noticed smoke in the area of Wolf Mountain at around 4:30 p.m. and called it in. Officials, using several other reports of smoke, discovered the fire to the east.
A second new wildfire was suggested to have started at around 8:30 p.m. Friday on Woodchuck Mountain, in an area north of the ongoing Muddy Slide Fire in South Routt County, though officials have not confirmed there is a wildfire.
Oak Creek Fire Rescue was called out for a smoke investigation just before dark Friday but was unable to determine if the reports were just steam. A Type-2 helicopter has been on standby Saturday, watching the area south of Stagecoach State Park to the east of Little Morrison Creek. So far, no further activity has been seen.
As thunderstorms continue to move into Routt County, lightning has been seen frequently in the last three nights. Conditions are expected to remain relatively humid with potential thunderstorms expected each day through Wednesday.
To reach Bryce Martin, call 970-871-4206 or email bmartin@SteamboatPilot.com.
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