Skip to main content

Muddy Slide Fire

Unit Information

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

USFS Shield

Muddy Slide Fire Update for July 17, 2021

Muddy Slide Fire Wildfire
News – 7/17/2021

 Muddy Slide Fire Update for July 17, 2021


Fire Facts


6 miles east of Yampa, CO &
16 miles west of Kremmling, CO on the Routt National Forest Fire size today: 4,093 acres Containment: 70% contained Fire start date: June 20, 2021 Cause: Lightning Resources:
181 personnel, including:
3 crews
8 Engines
6 Heavy equipment
1 Type 1 helicopters                              1 Type 2 helicopter
1 Type 3 helicopter
1 Air Attack (aerial supervision)

Temporary Flight Restriction

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect for the fire area and has been enlarged to include Stagecoach Reservoir. Drones are hazards for our pilots and ground crews. Remember:
If You Fly, We Can’t! For details on the TFR, see

Donations are not needed

Our firefighters are well supplied with everything they need, so community donations are not necessary. Please consider donating to your local fire department or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.


Great Basin Team 2, Type 3 Incident Management Team

·     At 6:00 pm on Monday, July 5, Great Basin Team 2 (Type 3) assumed command of the Muddy Slide Fire.

·     This fire is expected to be a long-duration event, and additional resources will be made available as they are needed, depending upon fire activity.

·     Areas of heat were identified in the northwest corner of the fire. Firefighters have been able to work near the fire’s edge to cool hot spots in this area. The weekend may bring a drying trend starting today and increase through the weekend with temps being in the low to mid 80s.

Operational plan for today

·     This will be your last update from Great Basin Team 2. The Rocky Mountain Black Team will assume command at 0600 on Sunday, July 18. With crews consistently patrolling the north end of the fire and the moisture in the last week, the fire is now 70% contained. There will be crews working on the north edge of the fire in Muddy and Clear Creek with frequent helicopter water drops in the heated areas keeping spot fires to a minimum. A Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) will continue to take infrared photos of the fire identifying hot spots in the north-west edge of the fire. Scattered thunderstorms and showers are expected to return in the afternoon on Saturday and will bring west winds that can produce gusts up to 16 mph. Gusty outflows and lightning are the main concern, especially if storms are dry. Smoke from isolated and dormant heat may materialize. On the south side of the fire, heavy equipment will be used to remove fuels and secure fire lines.

County Fire Restrictions

·     Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect in Routt County. For details, see

National Forest Road Closures and Fire Restrictions

·     There is still an area closure around the fire. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland. Fireworks are always illegal on federally- managed public lands. For current forest closure and restriction information, see

Fire Conditions and Weather

•    Scattered thunderstorms forecasted may bring moisture and lightning to     

      the area. Gusty outflow winds around cells may increase fire behavior

      along uncontrolled fireline and green islands. Isolated tree torching and

      spotting very likely if thunderstorms are dry. Another concern will be

      lightning in or near the fire area causing new starts and exhausting

      Incident and local resources.

Fire information public hotline: 406-233-9753   Hours 8 am-8 pm 


Muddy Slide Fire InciWeb:

Facebook:        #Muddyslidefire