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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 18, 2021 Morgan Creek Fire Fact Sheet

Morgan Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 8/18/2021

Type Four Incident Management Organization 

Chris Green, Incident Commander   Wyatt Smeltzer, Incident Commander Morgan Creek Fire Statistics:

  • Incident Type: Wildfire  
  • Cause: Lightning   
  • Size: 7,509 Acres
  • Containment: 24%
  • Personnel: 48
  • Location: 15 miles north of Steamboat Springs
  • Reported: Friday, July 9, 2021 at approximately 1:00 PM

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Current Situation: The Morgan Creek Fire area closure has been reduced, allowing for more access to Routt National Forest to the west and southern sides of the fire area. Fire activity has been minimal for the past two weeks, but users should remain aware of their surroundings and changing conditions. Crews will remain in the area to improve line construction, patrol, and monitor for new activity. This will be the last update until a substantial change in activity. Community information boards will be removed later this week, and the fire information line will adjust hours of operation to 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Questions regarding hunting, hunt units, and licenses should be directed to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, (970) 870-2197.   Closures: A new forest closure order is in effect for areas near the Morgan Creek Fire. Some form of long-term area closure will remain in place for the duration of the fire, likely into the late fall or winter. Forest Service Road 400 (Seedhouse Road) and other Forest Service roads and trails in the closure area remain partially closed to entry for public and firefighter safety. County Road 64/NFSR 400 is open to Hinman Park.   ·       Forest Area Closure Order: Hahns Peak/Bears Ears & Parks Ranger District: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd944968.pdf o   Area Closure Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd944969.pdf ·       Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Reroute Map: https://tinyurl.com/2s8y3yhm   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: https://tinyurl.com/yvfrpbp9  ·       Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests & Thunder Basin National Grassland Fire Restrictions: https://go.usa.gov/xFb6c