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New fire breaks out while Silver Creek Fire holds steady

A tree torches Wednesday at the Silver Creek Fire.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — While the Silver Creek Fire remains steady at 2,057 acres, a new fire broke out in West Routt County on Friday.

On Friday afternoon, there were reports of smoke coming from the area of Routt County Road 56.

The fire was located near mile marker 13 and burned about an acre.

Firefighters did not find flames, but there was smoke and some hot spots.

Firefighters from West Routt, North Routt and Steamboat Springs responded to that fire.

West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Dal Leck said it could possibly be an old coal seam fire that surfaced. It is speculated that the seam could have been burning for years. Routt County Emergency management is looking into a long-term solution.

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Meanwhile southeast of Steamboat Springs in the Routt National Forest, more than 200 people were working at the Silver Creek Fire.

Equipment being used at the lightning-caused fire includes five bulldozers, six engines, three masticators to shred wood and two helicopters to do water drops.

It is currently 13 percent contained on the south and southeast sides.

Firefighters are trying to prevent the fire from reaching the nearby Latigo Ranch.

With hot and dry weather continuing, the fire is behaving as expected with increased activity.

Single tree torching and torching in groups of trees was expected.

Temperatures are expected to reach the high 80s through the early part of the week.

Many areas of unburned fuel remain within the fire.

The Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area remains closed.

Closures outside the wilderness include Forest Service Road 100 and the Muddy Creek Trailhead.

Those seeking information can call 970-638-4516 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Red Dirt Reservoir is being used by the helicopters for water and is closed.

Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in place for the Routt National Forest. Campfires are not allowed unless they are in provided fire grates.

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