Lightning ignites one-acre Soutt Routt fire |

Lightning ignites one-acre Soutt Routt fire

Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters work at a lightning-caused wildfire Monday southwest of Oak Creek on U.S. Forest Service land.

— Lightning is the suspected cause of a wildfire that grew to about one acre Monday on U.S. Forest Service land in South Routt County.

Routt Zone Fire Management Officer Sam Duerksen said the lightning strike occurred Friday night, but it did not develop into a wildfire until Monday when a red flag warning was in place for all of Western Colorado.

The fire was near the intersection of Routt County roads 132A and 25 southwest of Oak Creek.

"It had the potential to grow, but we had a quick response," Duerksen said.

Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters were first to respond and were followed by firefighters from Yampa Fire Protection District and the Forest Service.

Oak Creek Fire Chief Chuck Wisecup said a local rancher called him to report the fire at about 1:40 p.m.

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By late afternoon, about 20 firefighters were working at fire, which was expected to be contained by the evening.

"The fire is expected to put up quite a bit of smoke tonight and tomorrow, however at this time, there is no danger to residents in the surrounding area," Wisecup said.

A red flag warning remains in place Tuesday for low humidity, strong winds and dry fuels.

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