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Black Mountain Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Parks Ranger District
Phone: 970-723-2700
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Highlighted Activity

09/14/2021 All Pre-Evacuations Lifted Related to the Black Mountain Fire
The Grand County Sheriff's Office has lifted the pre-evacuation status for zones K11 and HSS21a. As a reminder, we are not out of fire season and must remain vigilant. Sign-Up for CodeRED emergency...
Announcement - 09/14/2021
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The Black Mountain Fire was reported on August 29 on the Routt National Forest approximately 8 miles NE of Kremmling, in Grand County, Colorado. Investigators have determined the fire was caused by lightning.

A forest area closure remains in effect and there are also Bureau of Land Management closures too. 

A local Type 4 Organization assumed command of the fire on September 14th.  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 29th, 2021 approx. 01:00 PM
LocationGrand County, Colorado, approximately 13 miles NE of Kremmling
Incident CommanderCoyde Fickel (IC); Type 4
Coordinates40.161 latitude, -106.235 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel101
Size418 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained91%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory); heavy logging slash; brush

Heavy Timber with dead and down

Significant Events

Minimal, Creeping and Smoldering


Planned Actions

Cold trail, hotspot and secure fireline where appropriate utilizing sound risk management processes and life/safety principles. Utilize aviation resources when necessary to support resources on the ground.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal fire spread expected. Wind speeds will continue 5-7 mph overnight.

24 hours: No growth expected. Gusty and erratic winds expected near thunderstorms. RH's expected to be around 18%

48 hours: No growth expected. Gusty and erratic winds expected near thunderstorms. RH's expected to be around 14% Wind gusts around 25mph.

72 hours: No growth expected. Clear all day with winds 4-9 mph. Highs will return to the lower 70's.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Isolated storms are possible Tuesday but most precipitation will stay east of the Continental Divide. There will be good humidity recovery Tuesday night, but then warm and dry conditions will return on Wednesday. Lower humidity and breezy afternoon winds will mean elevated fire danger through the rest of the week, and probably through the weekend as well.