The lightning started Big Red Fire burning in North Routt County, increased in size over the weekend, growing to over 50 acres. Due to the growth, fire crews have shifted from monitoring the fires location, to cutting fire lines to limit its expansion. The change in tactics was also required because the fire is now putting a Forest Service timber sale and private land south of Big Red Park at risk. The fires growth forced the closure of forest roads and trails in the area, additional information on the closures is available below. Photos of the Big Red Fire courtesy of the North Routt Fire Protection District Facebook page, click to enlarge.
A small area closure was put in place on Monday near the fire perimeter, temporarily closing 1.5 miles of the 500 Road and its’ subsequent spur roads. The closure area is generally bounded by; the Middle Fork of the Little Snake River to the southwest, west and north, the 500 Road to the south, the 499.1 Road to the east and the 1204 Trail to the southeast, and south.
In addition to the roads mentioned above, also closed is Forest Trail 1204.1A in its entirety, from its origin at Forest Road 500.1A and Big Red Park Trailhead approximately 0.5 miles east to its terminus at Forest Trail 1204.