Crews responding to half-acre fire on Rabbit Ears Pass

Fire hasn't impacted traffic on U.S. Highway 40 over the pass

A fire helicopter flies over Baker Mountain just south of U.S. Highway 40 on the Grand County side of Rabbit Ears Pass as crews are responding to a half-acre fire in the area.
Eli Pace/ Steamboat Pilot & Today

Crews are responding to a half-acre wildland fire on the Grand County side of Rabbit Ears Pass north of U.S. Highway 40, according to Craig Interagency Dispatch Center.

According to firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management stationed along U.S. 40, the fire is burning on Baker Mountain, south of the highway.

The fire was first reported this afternoon, and road signs on either side of the pass alert drivers that the fire has already been called in. One helicopter has made a drop on the fire, after which the smoke it produced started to die down, according to the firefighters.

The firefighters said there are two people working near the fire now, with more on the way in.

According to the Kremmling Fire Protection District, the blaze was likely caused by lightening but that is not confirmed.

As this point, the fire has not caused any road closures over Rabbit Ears Pass, but COtrip reports there is fire activity in the area.

A fire burns south of US Highway 40 near the border of Routt and Grand counties on Monday, July 18, 2022.
Kremmling Fire Protection District/Courtesy photo
The half-acre fire is located south of U.S. Highway 40 on the Grand County side of Rabbit Ears Pass, near Baker Mountain.
Google Maps/Screenshot

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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