Photo from US Forest Service – White River National Forest.

Photo from US Forest Service – White River National Forest.

After sparking on Wednesday, October 7, the Deep Creek Fire northwest of Green Mountain Reservoir in Summit County has grown to 80 acres.

While the specific cause of the fire remains under investigation, White River National Forest has confirmed that it is human-caused. The blaze ignited at about 4:30 PM on Wednesday.

Multiple helicopters and air tankers are currently being used to help stop the blaze, along with other fire fighting resources.

Homes in the Shadow Creek Ranch community have been evacuated. Spring Creek Ranch, between Colorado 9 and the Blue River is under a pre-evacuation notice.

The fire is currently being fueled by beetle-killed pine, grass, and sage. Conditions in the area are dry. Approximately 75 firefighters are working this blaze.

Another new blaze has also sparked in Colorado near Purgatory Ski Resort. Read more about that blaze here.

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Fire and beetle kill is inevitable, but a vital part of forest ecosystems. Sadly, generations of managing our National Forests through the Department of Agriculture to produce a bountiful crop akin to corn, rather than as a forest system, has produced thick, towering, but fragile forests that can't resist what should be valuable agents of health for the overall forest.

This has been perennially compounded over the last 15 years by environmental groups suing to prevent thinning simply because they oppose logging.

We have literally ignored the forest for the trees, and now our western forests are practically dynamite ready to explode.

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