Colorado wildfires: The latest on blazes burning across state

At least three uncontained wildfires are burning in Colorado today as drought conditions persist in the western part of the state. Here are the latest details on each:

Trail Canyon fire

The Trail Canyon fire, which was started by a lightning strike Friday, is burning in southwestern Colorado, to the southeast of Mesa Verde National Park and the city of Cortez.

The blaze grew to about 881 acres — about 1.4 square miles — in strong winds over the weekend, fueled by drought-distressed piñon-juniper and sagebrush, according to fire officials.

About 125 firefighters are working the wildfire, which was 30% contained by Sunday evening.

Sylvan fire

This 180-acre blaze, about .3 square miles, is burning in rural Eagle County, about 12 miles south of Gypsum. The fire started Sunday afternoon and burned actively through the night, fire officials said.

Firefighters saw “extreme fire behavior” because of strong winds, which pushed the blaze to the south and southeast, according to an incident overview from the U.S. Forest Service.

The wildfire is burning in timber in the White River National Forest, about a half-mile from Sylvan Lake State Park. Campers in the area have been evacuated and much of the area is closed. Firefighters are working to protect structures inside the state park.

Muddy Slide fire

At least 100 acres, or .15 square miles, have burned in this new fire, which started Sunday afternoon in the Routt National Forest south of Steamboat Springs.

A pre-evacuation order has been issued for a stretch of Routt County Road 16, also known as Forest Road 270, fire officials said. About 60 firefighters are working to contain the wildfire.

Wildfire map

Click markers for details, use buttons to change what wildfires are shown. Map data is automatically updated by government agencies and could lag real-time events. Incident types are numbered 1-5 — a type 1 incident is a large, complex wildfire affecting people and critical infrastructure, a type 5 incident is a small wildfire with few personnel involved. Find more information about incident types at the bottom of this page.

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