Cooler weather across Colorado has given crews some relief in fighting blazes across the state. There has been minimal fire growth, allowing for containment of what was a very active situation just days ago.
Currently, 44 large fires have burned 667,509 acres across the country, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
In Colorado, two active fires have burned a combined 16,405 acres, according to the NIFC.
The National Weather Service in Boulder has forecasted for wet weather to continue, including a flash flood watch on Thursday, which has brought mudslides to burn scars.
Here’s the latest on some of the fires burning in Colorado:
Muddy Slide fire
Burning 20 miles south of Steamboat Springs, this blaze began June 20 and has been 28% contained. The Routt County fire is burning mostly timber with isolated torching and smoldering. NIFC reports that structures and energy infrastructure are threatened, but no structures have been lost. The containment area is located along County Road 16 on the eastern side of the fire and in the area of the Muddy Slide. Continued cooler weather and some rain on Wednesday have allowed crews to strengthen containment and prepare for hotter, drier conditions in the days to come.
There are 398 people working the 4,093-acre fire, which has cost $4.1 million. Officials estimate the fire to be contained by the end of July. The cause of the fire is unknown.
There are still evacuations along County Road 16.
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Burning 15 miles south of Eagle, near Sylvan State Park, the fire has grown to 3,792 acres acres since it began on June 20. The fire is fueled by timber and slash with minimal behavior as of late. Still, structures and energy infrastructure are threatened.
There are 425 people working the fire, which has been 50% contained and has cost $4.4 million. Officials estimate the fire to be contained by Aug. 1. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Officials are using Facebook to give updates. Area, road and trail closures are still in effect.
Oil Springs fire
The lightning-caused blaze has been burning since June 18, charring 12,613 acres of land 42 miles north of Grand Junction. Timber and brush are fueling the fire now, with one structure lost. Other structures and energy infrastructure are still threatened.
There are 328 people working the fire, which has been 76% contained and has cost $3.6 million. Officials estimate the fire to be contained by July 10.
There are currently no evacuations.
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The blaze is now 100% contained. It was burning 35 miles southeast of Rock Springs, Wyo., and 80 miles northwest of Craig. The fire was near the tripoint of Wyoming, Utah and Colorado and caused by lightning. It began on June 20, fueled by heavy lodgepole and limber pine surrounded by sagebrush and grasses. No structures were burned in this remote fire that scarred 3,429 acres.
The fire cost $1.3 million.
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