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Wildfire sparks in Routt National Forest northeast of Steamboat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A small wildfire started June 30 in Routt National Forest about 13 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs.

The Chedsey Fire, which is near Teal Lake, has burned about 30 acres and is 40 percent contained, according to a report by the U.S. Forest Service.

Today, firefighters are conducting a burnout operation, meaning they’ll ignite vegetation to “help secure the perimeter of the fire,” according to the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Twitter account.

Firefighter safety is a concern because the fire is burning in an area that was “heavily impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic,” according to the report.

A Type 3 incident team — including two hand crews, three engines and two helicopters — is currently working the fire.

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