Fires Burning in Routt National Forest

WILDFIRESmall fires were discovered in both the Pinkham area and Mount Zirkel Wilderness on the Routt National Forest, Tuesday afternoon.  The Pinkham area fire, named the Camp Creek Fire, was fully contained as of yesterday morning. Jackson County and U.S. Forest Service crews caught the fire during initial attack and limited its’ spread to 12 acres.  The Camp Creek Fire was located about a half mile south of the Colorado/Wyoming state line, about 20 miles north of Walden.  The South Fork Fire is in designated Wilderness about 15 miles northeast of Steamboat and is around four acres in size. The fire is burning primarily in heavy, beetle-killed timber on a steep slope of the South Fork Elk River Drainage. There is no estimated containment at this time.  Due to the extremely rough terrain, crews will not be sent into the immediate fire area. The Forest Service will employ a contain/confine management strategy using natural features and points of opportunity to suppress. A Type III helicopter has been ordered and the fire is surrounded by rock fields on three sides.  The cause of the Camp Creek fire is unknown, while it is suspected that the South Fork Fire is lightning caused.

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