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Morgan Creek Fire

Unit Information

Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
925 Weiss Dr
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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Fire Information
Phone: 720-689-3434
Hours: Daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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08/02/2021 August 2 Morgan Creek Fire Fact Sheet
 Monday, August 2, 2021   Morgan Creek Fire Fact Sheet   Type Three Incident Management Organization  Jeramy Dietz, Incident Commander     Morgan Creek Fire Statistics: Incident Type:...
News - 08/02/2021
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 The Morgan Creek Fire was reported on July 9 on the Routt National Forest 15 miles north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The fire started south of the Hinman Campground and spread over the subsequent days south-southeast towards and into the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Lightning was determined to be the cause of the fire. 
Both air and ground firefighting resources have steadily increased in number in recent days in an effort to contain the fire. 

forest area closure remains in effect as well as pre-evacuation orders issued by the Routt County Sheriff on July 9 for residents in the immediate area of the fire. 

On July 27, command of the Morgan Creek Fire transitioned from the Rocky Mountain Team Black Incident Management Team to a Type 3 Incident Management Organization. The Morgan Creek Fire remains a full suppression fire. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday July 09th, 2021 approx. 01:00 PM
Location15 miles North of Steamboat Springs
Incident CommanderJeramy Dietz, Type 3 Incident Management Organization
Coordinates40.718 latitude, -106.829 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel188
Size7,500 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained8%
Fuels Involved

Heavy dead & down timber

Significant Events

Minimal, Backing, Creeping


Planned Actions

Continue mopup and patrol the western and southern flanks working towards the wilderness and previous fire footprints from the 2020 Middle fork, and the 2002 Burn Ridge fires. On the northern flank, continue indirect line construction improvements to protect homes and infrastructure.

Projected Incident Activity

12/24/48 hours:

Fire continues to hold on the southwest flank above indirect line near Big Creek Drainage.

Scattered shower and isolated thunderstorms will continue. Potential decrease in fire activity with cooler conditions. Thunderstorms with gusty and erratic winds are expected in the

fire area. Continued movement into Mt Zirkel Wilderness area on the northeast flank.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Monsoonal moisture will remain entrenched across the Rocky Mountains throughout the beginning of the week. There will be a slow drying trend beginning Tuesday.