Wildfire burns 9 acres north of Steamboat Springs; no effort to fight it
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A wildfire sparked by lightning has burned 9 acres in the Routt National Forest north of Hahn’s Peak approximately 5 miles south of the Wyoming-Colorado state line.
The fire in the Big Red Park area has been named Big Red, and it was reported Saturday by a private land owner in the area.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos said the fire likely started a few days before it was reported.
It is burning in beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees, spruce and fir.
Voos said the fire was putting up some smoke Tuesday, but the fire was not damaging anything of value right now, and no structures are currently at risk.
Firefighters were not directly fighting the fire.
It is not impacting any transportation or recreation, and there currently are no closures.
The fire received heavy rain Sunday and afternoon thunderstorms are in the forecast for the rest of the week.
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