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Thunderstorms continue to spark fires in Northwest Colorado

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 2 p.m. Thursday.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The three fires currently burning in Northwest Colorado are all suspected of being caused by lightning, including the Silver Creek Fire, which has burned about 110 acres in Routt National Forest.

Cooler temperatures and some precipitation have helped slow the fire’s growth this week, according to the U.S. Forest Service.



“We’ve gotten some good rain on it the past few days, and it’s not doing a whole lot,” Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos, said.

The fire, which started July 19, is burning in Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area on the east side of Gore Mountain. The Forest Service plans to fight the fire, but aerial and lookout crews are currently working to determine where fire lines can safely be built, including on existing roads.



“Our crews are working with logging equipment along Forest Service Road 100 … just working on solidifying that as a fuel break if (the fire) comes that way,” Voos said.

About 25 people are assigned to the fire, which is burning in beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees, according to a news release.

Because of the fire, Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area is closed in addition to national forest land to the east, including the Red Dirt Reservoir area. The Sarvis and Silver Creek trails are closed at their east and west trailheads. About 20 miles of Forest Service Road 100, also known as Buffalo Park Road, is closed from its intersection with Forest Service Roads 250 and 101 to Forest Service Road 317.

Two lightning-caused fires also are burning near Meeker in Rio Blanco County, just south of the Moffat County line.

The Sulphur Creek Fire sparked Sunday about 5 miles north of Meeker. The fire, which is burning in oak brush and tall grass, has burned 671 acres with 8 percent containment. A crew of about 120 is fighting the blaze, including a plane dropping retardant and a helicopter dropping water to protect nearby homes and high-voltage power lines.

The Indian Valley Fire, which started Friday, has burned 5,444 acres of brush and timber about 16 miles north of Meeker. About 240 firefighters are working the fire, which is 40 percent contained. Crews are working to protect ranches and well pads in the area.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect across Northwest Colorado.

Update on wildfires burning across Colorado

Spring Creek Fire

• Size: 108,045 acres
• Containment: 91 percent
• Location: 9 miles northeast of Ft. Garland
• Start date: June 27
• Cause: human
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5875/
• Photos: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/SpringCreekFire/

416 Fire

• Size: 54,129
• Containment: 50 percent
• Location: 13 miles north of Durango
• Start date: June 1
• Cause: unknown
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5822/
• Photos: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/416Fire/

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Badger Creek Fire

• Size: 21,310 acres
• Containment: 93 percent
• Location: Snowy Range and Medicine Bow National Forests, Wyoming
• Start date: June 10
• Cause: unknown
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5836/
• Photos: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/BadgerCreekFire/

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Weston Pass Fire

• Size: 13,023 acres
• Containment: 93 percent
• Location: 9 miles southwest of Fairplay
• Start date: June 28
• Cause: lightning
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5876/
• Photos: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/WestonPassFire/

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Lake Christine Fire

• Size: 11,990 acres
• Containment: 39 percent
• Location: northwest of Basalt
• Start date: July 3
• Cause: human
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5895/
• Photos: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/LakeChristineFire/

Indian Valley Fire
• Size: 5,444
• Containment: 40 percent
• Location: 16 miles northwest of Meeker
• Start date: July 20
• Cause: lightning
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6000/
• Photos: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/IndianValleyFire/

Burro Fire

• Size: 4,593 acres
• Containment: 95 percent
• Location: San Juan National Forest
• Start date: June 8
• Cause: under investigation
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5834/
• Photos: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/BurroFire/

Sugarloaf Fire

• Size: 1,280 acres
• Containment: 35 percent
• Location: 13 miles southwest of Fraser
• Start date: June 28
• Cause: lightning
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5872/
• Photos: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/SugarloafFire/

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Sulphur Creek Fire

• Size: 671 acres
• Containment: 8 percent
• Location: 5 miles north of Meeker
• Start date: July 22
• Cause: lightning
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6001/

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Silver Creek Fire

• Size: 110 acres
• Containment: 0 percent
• Location: Gore Mountain
• Start date: July 19
• Cause: unknown (lightning suspected)
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/

West Guard Fire

• Size: 15 acres
• Containment: zero percent
• Location: 13 miles east of Dove Creek
• Start date: July 22
• Cause: lightning
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6014/

Plateau Fire

• Size: 12 acres
• Containment: zero percent
• Location: 13 miles north of Dolores
• Start date: July 22
• Cause: lightning
• More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6015/

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