Fires continue to be a problem in Colorado, with the Spring Fire and Lake Christine Fire being among the largest. Here are where all the current fires are located, along with maps and evacuation updates for July 10, 2018.
General Map of Colorado Fires
This map below is an interactive map of some of the bigger fires in Colorado right now, provided by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control (CDFPC) and Google. Fires in red are active and fires in black are contained.
The map above lists numerous active fires, which this article will describe in more detail in the next section.
List of Active Fires in Colorado as of July 10
This fire is 54,129 acres and 50 percent contained. It has remained around the same size over the last few days and due to less growth, updates will no longer be given daily. The cause of this fire is unknown. It’s located in La Plata County, 13 miles north of Durango and has been burning since June 1. It’s burning in an area of inaccessible terrain and no homes have yet been evacuated. The fire is burning on the west side of State Highway 550 on private land in the San Juan National Forest, according to Inciweb. Rain in the area may also help with suppression efforts.
This fire is 4,593 acres and is 40 percent contained. The cause is under investigation and the estimated containment date is currently August 1. It started on June 8 and is located about 14 miles south of Rico. Little movement or fire activity is expected in the near future, so updates will no longer be released daily.
This fire is 19,955 acres, but it has now been fully contained and is no longer listed as active. It was located at 40.783 latitude, -107.836 longitude.
This fire isn’t listed on the Colorado Fire map, but it’s 950 acres and 25 percent contained. It’s burning in a rugged, remote section of the Piceance Basin, about 30 miles southwest of Meeker, according to Inciweb. The location is at 39.746 latitude, -108.406 longitude.
Lake Christine Fire
This fire is 6,180 acres and 39 percent contained (it was only 0 percent contained on Friday, so progress has been made on this fire.) Although the fire is still growing a bit, containment has also increased. Three homes were destroyed by the fire. The fire is located one mile north of Basalt, Colorado. Minimal growth is expected in the next 24 hours.
The fire was caused by human activity when two people shot trace ammunition at the gun range despite local fire bans, CBS Denver reported. The ammunition sparked the fire and arrest warrants were issued for the people involved.
You can view a map of the Lake Christine fire here and a screenshot below. The map is not currently embeddable. Keep up with details via the Eagle County Sheriff Twitter account or Facebook. Or call 970-510-0705 with questions.
Unfortunately, the fire has left a lot of destruction in its wake.
1,793 residents from 664 homes had to be evacuated. Of those, 782 have been allowed to return to their homes as of July 9.
Red Canyon 2 Fire
This fire is 26 acres and 60 percent contained. The cause is unknown. It’s located about 2.5 miles east of Wolcott, Colorado. It was originally reported on Sunday, July 8 near the Eagle Springs Golf Course on a ridge to the east of the Red Canyon subdivision on the White River National Forest lands. No new growth was reported overnight. Evacuations were lifted last night.
Sprague Gulch Fire
This fire is 20 acres and 0 percent contained.
This newer fire is 650 acres with 0 percent containment. It was started by lightning and is located 30 miles north of Craig at 40.976 latitude, -107.529 longitude. According to Inciweb, firefighters have been successful at keeping the fire from moving south toward Wilderness Ranch and Bakers Peak.
The Spring Fire is now 107,627 acres and 77 percent contained. You can see a map of the Spring Fire above. Containment efforts have gone well, with a lot of progress made in recent days and no growth.
The fire is burning five miles east of Fort Garland and started last week. This is the third-largest fire in the state’s history. Some evacuations are starting to be lifted.
If you’re unsure if your area is under evacuation or need more information, call 719-695-9573 between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This fire is 1,279 acres and 20 percent contained. Total containment is expected by August 31. It’s located north of Loveland Pass and 13 miles southwest of Fraser in a remote Grand County area. According to Inciweb, the fire is not immediately threatening homes or businesses.
This fire is 500 acres and 65 percent contained. In the last day, containment has increased by 55 percent with no growth. It’s located seven miles northeast of Nucla.
Weston Pass Fire
This fire started June 28 and is now 13,019 acres and is 52 percent contained. Officials are hoping to have it contained by July 29.
It was started by lightning and is located 9 miles southwest of Fairplay, in a remote area of Park County. A wind shift to the east is expected to push fire activity farther into the wilderness, Inciweb reported. But dry thunderstorms with possible gusty wind may increase fire behavior. CR 22 is closed to traffic right now. Three structures have been lost in the fire.
South Park Recreation Center is offering free showers to evacuees, firefighters, and any volunteers helping fight the fire.
You can find more details about all the fires on Colorado’s Emergency Management page here.