Despite cool, overcast weather, the Silver Creek Fire grew to 25 acres Tuesday and continued to eat though dead, beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees.
The U.S. Forest Service has called in six fire engines and a reconnaissance helicopter to try to prevent a lightning-caused wildfire burning in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area from heading west toward ranches and homes southeast of Stagecoach.
A small fire was reported Saturday in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness.
Firefighters reported on Sunday that the Beaver Creek Fire was the most active it has been in nearly a week.
“We’re still pretty much in shock, but I don’t think there’s probably any other place in the world that is as tight as this community,” Gardner Flanigan said Monday.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters worked overnight to knock down a blaze that destroyed a home in the 1800 block of Fish Creek Falls Road early Sunday morning.
A fire manager says the 34,000-acre Beaver Creek wildfire burning on the other side of the Continental Divide in Jackson County has made residents here vigilant when it comes to preventing a similar fire.
Dry storm made fire fighting tougher
Nearly two-thirds of Steamboat Springs moisture in July fell in the first five days of the month.
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."