Tornado-like formations of churning smoke signaled that Friday afternoon was going to be another active day on the Beaver Creek fire across the Continental Divide about 50 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs.
Hot and dry conditions are prompting regional fire officials to carefully evaluate whether to enact fire restrictions.
After a busy Wednesday, the action continued for firefighters in Moffat County on Thursday.
Firefighters are currently battling three wildland fires in Moffat County.
Fire crews from Dinosaur National Monument and additional agencies are working to suppress the Bench Fire located north of Yampa Bench Road, about two miles west of Haystack Rock.
Thousands of property owners in Routt County are receiving information in their mailboxes this month that will help them improve the chances of their homes surviving a potential wildfire.
"We knew from the start that once it got established in the thick timber and the beetle kill, it would be a long term event," U.S. Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos said. "This is going to be something we as the Routt National Forest are going to be dealing with for quite some time."
A wildfire that brought hazy skies to Steamboat early last week continues to burn about 15 miles northwest of Walden, just below the Wyoming state line.
Walton Creek was over its banks, but the Yampa was well below minor flood stage of 7.5 feet where it flows beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat Springs June 6.
While it has been several years since we’ve had a significant fire year in Colorado, even an average fire year has more than 3,000 wildfires. This spring may have shortened our fire season, but it did not eliminate it.
A former Routt County sheriff pulled a man from a burning travel trailer Tuesday evening after an explosion Tuesday evening rocked the Eagle Soaring RV Park west of Steamboat Springs.
Progress has been made to produce more renewable energy locally, but some believe more can be done.
A controlled burn, which got out of control, burned five acres near Thorpe Mountain before fire crews gained control.
Once again this year, Routt County officials are urging members of the agricultural community to use caution when undertaking burns.
Friday is Earth Day, and to celebrate, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and a number of local organizations and business have planned events with the theme, "Every Day is Earth Day."