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Big Red Fire


Updated Big Red Fire Closure Area, Sept. 18, 2017
The closure area for the Big Red Fire was updated on Sept. 18, 2017. Affected area, roads, and trails are responsive to changing fire behavior and the subsequent impact on public safety. Updated... more


Approximate Location

40.925 latitude, -106.884 longitude

Incident Overview

Big Red Fire Closure Area Map, 9/18/17

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  • Located in north Routt County, Colo., on Routt National Forest, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District
  • Discovered on Saturday, Aug. 1, with initial response by Forest Service and County staff
  • Located just north of Big Red Park, along Forest Road 500, and approximately five miles south of the Colorado/Wyoming state line
  • Burning in mixed conifer, which includes spruce, fir, pine, and both live and bug-killed timber
  • Caused by lightning

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 19th, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM
Location5 miles south of the Colo/Wyo state line, 45 miles north of Steamboat Springs, 3 miles west of Mt. Zirkel Wilderness.
Incident CommanderLance Broyles (Type IV)

Current Situation

Total Personnel6
Size2,940 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained15%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter & understory), Mixed conifer, Beetle-kill

Significant Events

Minimal activity, creeping, smoldering

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Lightning, gusty and erratic winds

Unit Information

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Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Laramie, WY , CO 82070

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