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Morgan Creek Fire

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

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August 6, 2021 Morgan Creek Fire Fact Sheet

Morgan Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 8/6/2021

Type Three Incident Management Organization

Jeramy Dietz, Incident Commander  

Karsten Milek, Incident Commander (T) Morgan Creek Fire Statistics:

  • Incident Type: Wildfire  
  • Cause: Lightning   
  • Size: 7,505 Acres
  • Containment: 24%
  • Personnel: 129
  • Location: 15 miles north of Steamboat Springs
  • Reported: Friday, July 9, 2021 at approximately 1:00 PM

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Current Situation: High winds expected Friday afternoon. A slow warming/drying trend is being observed as the high-pressure system becomes established. Wind speeds could reach 30 to 40 mph along ridgetops and in exposed locations. Crews continue mop-up and patrol of the western and southern flanks working towards the wilderness and previous fire footprints from the 2020 Middle Fork and 2002 Burn Ridge fires. On the northern flank, focus is on improving indirect line construction to protect homes and infrastructure.
Closures: A forest closure order remains in effect for areas near the Morgan Creek Fire. Some form of long-term area closure may remain in place for the duration of the fire, likely into the fall/winter. Forest Service Road 400, also known as the Seedhouse Road, as well as other Forest Service roads and trails in the closure area remain closed to entry for public and firefighter safety. County Road 64 between County Road 129 and Forest Service Road 400 is limited to emergency and local traffic only. 
Forest Area Closure Order: Hahns Peak/Bears Ears & Parks Ranger Districts: Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Reroute Map: Fire Restrictions: Routt County is in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland are in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Routt County Fire Restrictions:  Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests & Thunder Basin National Grassland Fire Restrictions: