Green Creek fire expands to 2,800 acres


— The Green Creek fire southeast of Steamboat Springs has grown to 2,800 acres, the U.S. Forest Service reported Tuesday.

The fire is burning mostly between Green Creek and Sarvice Creek in the Sarvice Creek Wilderness area. No structures are threatened by the fire, which is about five miles south of Rabbit Ears Pass. The pass remains open to traffic on U.S. Highway 40.

Forest Service officials said they lost a fire line on the Green Creek fire Monday because of extreme fire behavior. An incident management team has been ordered; however, it has not yet arrived on site.

The Sarvice Creek Wilderness is closed to the public.

Plans are to monitor and manage the fire as long as it stays within a predetermined area. If it expands beyond that area, suppression efforts will begin.

Thick smoke from the Green Creek fire has been drifting across Rabbit Ears Pass and into Steamboat Springs for two days, making it the most noticeable of four burning in the area. But it is not as high a priority as the Hinman fire burning 23 miles north of the city. That fire is within 1.5 miles of homes in North Routt County.

About 170 structures most of them homes on Seedhouse Road are threatened by the fire. No evacuations had been ordered as of 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The Hinman fire remains at about 1,675 acres and is 5 percent contained, fire officials said.

Smoke from the Hinman fire has mostly affected the town of Hayden for the last four days.

The two other fires in the area are the Lost Lakes fire, a 1,000-acre fire in the Flattops Wilderness Area, and the Cliff's Gulch fire, a 32-acre fire about 10 miles north of Kremmling.

So far, no structures have been damaged in the fires and no one has been hurt.
Lightning is thought to be the source of all the fires.


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