Murphy Fire grows to 280 acres near Hayden on Saturday |

Murphy Fire grows to 280 acres near Hayden on Saturday

A fire blazes brightly Friday night near the rest area west of Hayden.
Shirley Cromer/Courtesy Photo

HAYDEN — Just before 7 p.m. Friday, a fire broke out on private and state land near the rest area at mile marker 101 on U.S. Highway 40 west of Hayden. The Murphy Fire grew to approximately 280 acres by Saturday night according to West Routt Fire Protection District’s Twitter.

Lightning is suspected to be the cause after storms swept through the area.

West Routt Fire Protection District, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue and Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters responded to the fire on Friday. Routt County Sherriff’s Office Deputies also assisted.

With two brush trucks and a tender from West Routt as well as a brush truck and tender each from Steamboat and Oak Creek, the fire was under control Friday night.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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