A map of where wildfires are found around Colorado. Map Credit: Inciweb.com.

A map of where wildfires are found around Colorado as of October 26, 2020. Map Credit: Inciweb.com.

A recent storm that moved through Colorado dropping more than 20 inches of snow in some areas was a huge help in calming some of the state's most active wildfires.

Here's the latest on the acreage and containment of the various fires that have been active during recent days around Colorado, according to InciWeb.

Editor's Note: This list is based on the most recent update posted to emergency notification website InciWeb. Some of the fires included on this list have been fully contained. The status of a wildfire is subject to rapid change. Check with the InciWeb website for the most up-to-date information. 

1. Cameron Peak Fire

Location: 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes, northern Rocky Mountain National Park

Size: 208,663 acres

Containment: 64 percent

The recent winter storm halted the growth of the fire on Monday, which is expected to lead to decreased fire activity on Tuesday, as well. Some portions of the blaze reportedly got 18 inches of snow.

2. East Troublesome Fire

Location: Grand County, Rocky Mountain National Park

Size: 192,560 acres in the western 'Grand zone' near Grand Lake; 4,346 acres in the 'Thompson zone' near Estes Park

Containment: 15 percent in Grand Zone, 0 percent in Thompson Zone

Though the East Troublesome Fire grew rapidly last week, weekend snow really helped in the fight against this blaze. While the Grand Zone Incident Commander stated that the snow and cold weather had helped limit fire activity, warm and dry days will soon return.

3. Mullen Fire

Location: 38 miles west of Laramie

Size: 176,878 acres

Containment: 85 percent

While much of the Mullen Fire burns in Wyoming, a small portion of northern Colorado is also being burnt by the blaze. 

4. Pine Gulch Fire

Location: Near Grand Junction

Size: 139,007 acres

Containment: 100 percent

Fully contained, the key planned actions in the Pine Gulch Fire effort include monitoring fire lines, assessing and implementing suppression repair, and backhauling excess equipment.

5. Grizzly Creek Fire

Location: Near Glenwood Springs

Size: 32,631 acres

Containment: 91 percent

The Grizzly Creek Fire has seen little activity in recent days, growing a reported 150 acres since October 22.

6. Middle Fork Fire

Location: 10 miles north of Steamboat Springs

Size: 20,433 acres

Containment: 12 percent

A foot of snow fell on the Middle Fork Fire from Sunday through Monday morning resulting in minimal fire behavior.

7. Williams Fork Fire

Location: 9.5 miles southwest of Fraser

Size: 14,749 acres

Containment: 30 percent

The Williams Fork Fire effort has also benefited from the cold weather and snow. While snow was helpful, it is not expected to put the blaze out.

8. Calwood Fire

Location: 3 miles northwest of Jamestown in Boulder County

Size: 10,105 acres

Containment: 76 percent

The CalWood team reports that up to 13 inches of snow calmed the blaze. Minimal smoke is being seen while containment lines hold. Firefighters will be using a technique called "cold trailing" which involves feeling the ground for heat with the back of a barehand. When heat is felt, the spot is dug up so that heat can be released. Water is then added to the area.

9. Ice Fire

Location: 5 miles west of Silverton

Size: 596 acres

Containment: 90 percent

Management of the Ice Fire has been returned to the local ranger district.

10. Lefthand Canyon Fire

Location: 1 mile east of Ward in Boulder County

Size: 460 acres

Containment: 100 percent

Fire crews announced that this fire has been fully contained.

11. Thorpe Fire

Location: 9 miles northwest of Lake George

Size: 159 acres

Containment: 100 percent

This fire was fully contained on August 29.

12. Deep Creek Fire

Location: Between Kremmling and Silverthorne

Size: 88 acres

Containment: 100 percent

This fire was fully contained in mid-October. The last update noted that firefighting crews continue to monitor the area.

Though not included on InciWeb's list, the Pike & San Isabel National Forests/Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands Fire information page has also reported a 2-acre blaze called "Teddy's Peak Fire." It is located 4 miles west of Cuchara, Colorado and has no containment. At last report on October 25, it was producing light smoke with winds in the area, though incoming precipitation was expected to decrease fire activity.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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