Authorities release new details on wildfires still burning across western, central Colorado

Firefighters continue to work on wildfires in western and central Colorado. Fire authorities have released new estimates on how big these fires have grown (or how much they have decreased in size), if they are contained and more.

Here is the latest information on these wildfires:

 

Cabin Lake Fire

Location: 5.5 miles south of Buford, 7 miles northwest of Meadow Lake Campground

Start date: July 29

Acreage: 1,158

Percent contained: 72

Cause: Unknown

Other information: Authorities said this is the last update on this fire. County Road 17, also known as Buford/Newcastle Road, is expected to open Wednesday at 6 a.m. This fire is estimated to be contained by Aug. 31.

(Information current as of Tuesday, Aug. 7)


Sugarloaf Fire

Location: 13 miles of southwest of Fraser

Start date: June 28

Acreage: 1,280

Percent contained: 35

Cause: Lightning strike near the South Fork of Darling Creek, just south of Byers Peak Wilderness

Other information: This fire is estimated to be contained by Aug. 31.

(Information current as of Aug. 3)


Silver Creek Fire

Location: 10 miles north of Gore Pass and Colorado Highway 134, 2.5 miles west of Buffalo Park Road

Start date: July 19

Acreage: 2,061

Percent contained: 0

Cause: Lightning or natural

Other information: N/A

(Information current as of Tuesday, Aug. 7)


Sulphur Fire

Location: 5 miles north of Meeker

Start date: July 22

Acreage: 977

Percent contained: 100

Cause: Lightning

Other information: N/A

(Information current as of Monday, Aug. 6)


Cache Creek Fire

Location: 8 miles southwest of Rifle on White River National Forest land in Garfield County

Start date: July 28

Acreage: 1,425

Percent contained: 14

Cause: Unknown

Other information: This fire is burning in steep and rugged terrain, making access difficult for firefighters. Four structures have been evacuated.

(Information current as of Tuesday, Aug. 7)


Weston Pass Fire

Location: 9 miles southwest of Fairplay

Start date: June 28

Acreage: 13,023

Percent contained: 93

Cause: Lightning

Other information: Authorities said this is the final update on this fire.

(Information current as of July 22)


Lake Christine Fire

Location: 1 mile northwest of Basalt

Start date: July 3

Acreage: 12,588

Percent contained: 90

Cause: Human

Other information: This fire is estimated to be contained by Aug. 8.

(Information current as of Tuesday, Aug. 7)



Moccasin Mesa Fire

Location: In Moccasin Mesa National Park near the southeast boundary

Start date: Aug. 4

Acreage: 185

Percent contained: 5

Cause: Lightning

Other information: This fire is estimated to be contained by Aug. 10.

(Information current as of Monday, Aug. 6)


West Guard Fire

Location: 13 miles east of Dove Creek

Start date: July 22

Acreage: 1,412

Percent contained: 90

Cause: Lightning or other natural cause

Other information: This fire was discovered by a helicopter working over the Plateau Fire. It is estimated to be contained by Aug. 15.

(Information current as of Monday, Aug. 6)


Plateau Fire

Location: 13 miles north of Dolores

Start date: July 22

Acreage: 5,750

Percent contained: 15

Cause: Lightning or natural cause

Other information: This fire is estimated to be fully contained by Aug. 30. It is currently burning off the rim of the Plateau Canyon in steep, rugged terrain.

(Information current as of Monday, Aug. 6)



Bulldraw Fire

Location: 12 miles northwest of Nucla

Start date: July 29

Acreage: 6,439

Percent contained: 35

Cause: Lightning

Other information: There was a small amount of growth over the weekend. The fire is active on the north side in Mesa County

(Information current as of Monday, Aug. 6)


Buttermilk Fire

Location: 15 miles northeast of Montrose

Start date: July 23

Acreage: 746

Percent contained: 50

Cause: Lightning

Other information: N/A

(Information current as of Sunday, Aug. 5)


Red Canyon Fire

Location: 30 miles south of Rangely

Start date: July 29

Acreage: 5,766

Percent contained: 88

Cause: Lightning

Other information: This fire is estimated to be contained by Aug. 20.

(Information current as of Tuesday, Aug. 7)


Indian Valley Fire

Location: 16 miles northwest of Meeker

Start date: July 20

Acreage: 6,310

Percent contained: 99

Cause: Lightning

Other information: Authorities said this is the final update.

(Information current as of Tuesday, Aug. 7)


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