Beaver Creek fire cost at roughly $30 million as blaze near Walden continues to smolder |

Beaver Creek fire cost at roughly $30 million as blaze near Walden continues to smolder

Jeremiah Zamora, left, District Ranger with the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, and Aaron Voos, right, public affairs officer with the US Forest Service, look at downed and burned trees inside the perimeter of the Beaver Creek Fire on August 23, 2016 in Walden, Colorado. The fire, which started June 19th, 2016, is approximately 24 miles northwest of Walden and is burning in heavy beetle killed timber in the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests and BLM lands. It has so far affected 37,381 acres and is 53% contained. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The cost of battling the massive, human-caused Beaver Creek fire near Walden has reached roughly $30 million dollars as the blaze continues to smolder and produce smoke.

Aaron Voos, spokesman for the Routt National Forest, said Monday there was still visible smoke at the site as of Saturday.

“There are still minimal costs associated with it,” Voos said, explaining that a final tab for the fire — which burned more than 38,000 acres, destroying one home and 16 other structures — has yet to be calculated.

The Beaver Creek fire stood apart from other wildfires and was so difficult to harness because of its 38,000-plus acres of mostly beetle-kill timber, a volatile fuel that forces firefighters to rethink the way they can safely approach such large burns.


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