Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Sunday, January 16, 2022 5:51:59 PM MST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Morgan Creek Fire
Last Updated
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 8:05 AM MST
(1 month ago)
Fire Reported
Friday, July 9, 2021 2:11 PM MDT
(6 months ago)
Incident Type
11.5 miles SE of Columbine, CO
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests (Thunder Basin National Grassland)
Mixed Con, Aspen
Wy-mrf-260iqcs: 554939 | Contain: 10/14/21 1400 | Control: 10/28/21 1000 | Out: 11/18/21 0900
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Morgan Creek Fire was reported on July 9 on the Routt National Forest 15 miles north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The fire started south of the Hinman Campground and spread over the subsequent days south-southeast towards and into the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Lightning was determined to be the cause of the fire. 

Containment has steadily increased and number of firefighting resources has decreased due to reduced fire behavior.  

A forest area closure remains in effect as well as well as Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on the Routt National Forest and Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Routt County. To view Routt County evacuation information, visit the Routt County Current Evacuation Notices map.

A Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Reroute has been establish. View the map here.

Individuals planning for hunting season are encouraged to use the Colorado Hunting Atlas to find alternatives to access points impacted by the Morgan Creek Fire area closure.

On August 9, command of the Morgan Creek Fire transitioned from a Type 3 Incident Management Organization to Type 4 Management. The Morgan Creek Fire is a 60% confine, 40%  full suppression fire, and firefighters will stay in the area to meet management goals.

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Friday July 09th, 2021 approx. 01:00 PM
15 miles North of Steamboat Springs
Incident Commander
USDA Forest Service
40.718, -106.829
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Fuels Involved
Timber (litter and understory), Brush (2 feet), Heavy dead and down due to beetle kill are adding to the fuel loading.
Significant Events
Minimal, Smoldering, with 3 inches of snow
Planned Actions
Continue mopup and patrol the eastern and northern flanks working towards the wilderness and
previous 2002 Burn Ridge fire footprint.
Projected Incident Activity
Minimal growth expected.
Weather Concerns
Wet and cooler weather expected over the next several days as a series of Pacific storms move through the area. A storm arrived early this week bringing markedly colder weather with three inches of snow.
Incident Contact
Fire Information
Phone: 970-870-2299
Hours: M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Fire Unit Information
Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
925 Weiss Dr
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Dispatch Contact
Craig Interagency Dispatch Center | Craig, CO
Phone: 970-826-5037
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2crc/
Incident Map

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