In western Colorado, the Oil Springs Fire grew to nearly 19 square miles Wednesday, growing in one day more than the total amount of any other fire in the state.
Currently, 52 large fires have burned 566,444acres across the country, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
In Colorado, six active fires have burned a combined 20,700 acres, according to the NIFC.
The National Weather Service in Boulder says rain will move its way across Colorado on Thursday and into the weekend. The smoke from all of the fires can be felt across much of the state.
Here’s the latest on some of the fires burning in Colorado:
Oil Springs fire
The largest of the wildfires currently burning in Colorado is the Oil Springs fire in Rio Blanco County. The blaze is 11,933 acres large and is at 0% containment. Lightning is the suspected spark on June 18. About 155 people are working the fire, 42 miles north of Grand Junction and 20 miles south of Rangely. One structure has been lost in the blaze. NIFC reports that the “fire is currently burning timber and brush with active fire behavior including uphill runs, short crown runs, and spotting.”
The fire is burning in a remote area, closing Colorado Highway 139. There were some evacuations, but they were lifted on Thursday morning.
The Oil Springs fire grew about 4,500 acres on Wednesday.
Rio Blanco County, which is facing some of the worst drought conditions in the state, has Stage 1 fire restrictions Thursday. Restrictions will be upgraded to Stage 2 on Friday.
Muddy Slide fire
As of Thursday morning, the fire has grown to 4,000 acres, after it increased in a big way on Tuesday.
This Routt County blaze began Sunday and is burning on U.S. Forest Service land with no containment. More than 120 personnel are working the fire.
A mandatory evacuation order affects about a dozen homes with a shelter open at South Routt County High School. Routt County Road 16 is closed, and the evacuation zone covers that road from mile marker 12 to Highway 134. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
The Sylvan fire, which may have been started by lightning, is burning 16 miles south of Eagle. It grew to about 3,586 acres, as strong winds pushed it east, reaching Sylvan Lake. Nearly 200 people are working the blaze.
Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in Eagle County for Fulford, Sylvan Lake State Park, Crooked Creek Pass, Yeoman Park, The Lede Reservoir, Hardscrabble, Hat Creek and Peter Estin Hut. Sylvan Lake Road and parts of Brush Creek Road are closed.
Officials said Tuesday evening that everyone in those areas needs to get out immediately.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said all people in the Frost Creek, Salt Creek, Brush Creek, Ruedi, Meredith and Thomasville areas might be asked to evacuate if the Sylvan fire spreads. The upper Frying Pan from the dam to Hagerman Pass is under pre-evacuation notice.
The West fire has slowed its spread, only growing 14 acres to 3,107 acres in total. Crews were able to contain 30% of the blaze. The fire is burning mostly on Bureau of Land Management land on Middle Mountain, about 100 miles northwest of Craig and 35 miles southeast of Rock Springs, Wyoming . The fire has crossed over into Wyoming near the Utah border.
The fire exploded Monday, growing nearly its entire size in about a 24-hour period. About 164 people are working the fire.
Wild Cow fire
Nearly 553 acres have burned south of Baxter Pass in Garfield County in far western Colorado, 31 miles northwest of Grand Junction. The fire began Monday naturally, officials believe. It is burning on federal land. There is no containment. About 49 people are working the blaze.
Click markers for details, use buttons to change what wildfires are shown. Map data is automatically updated by government agencies and could lag real-time events. Incident types are numbered 1-5 — a type 1 incident is a large, complex wildfire affecting people and critical infrastructure, a type 5 incident is a small wildfire with few personnel involved. Find more information about incident types at the bottom of this page.
Source: Read Full Article