Morgan Creek
11.5 mi
SE of Columbine, CO
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
12 mins, 11 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Friday, July 9, 2021 2:11 PM MDT
Mixed Con, Aspen
Dispatch Notes:
Wy-mrf-260iqcs: 554939 | Contain: 10/14/21 1400 | Control: 10/28/21 1000 | Out: 11/18/21 0900
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests (Thunder Basin National Grassland)

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 1 month ago

Incident Photo for the Morgan Creek Fire

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.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Friday, July 9, 2021 1:00 PM MDT
15 miles North of Steamboat Springs
Incident Commander:
USDA Forest Service
40.718, -106.829

Current Situation

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 Outlook

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 Synopsis

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

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