DENVER – Firefighters have made some progress toward containing wildfires that have burned hundreds of thousands of acres across Colorado.
Many of the state’s largest fires saw increases in containment over the weekend thanks in part to some much-needed moisture.
Officials also have made progress toward determining the causes of some of the fires. The Teller County Sheriff’s Office announced on Monday morning that three people, including a 17-year-old, have been charged with felony first-degree arson in connection to the High Chateau Fire, which was started by an unattended campfire, deputies said. That fire was 1,423 acres in size and 95 percent contained as of Monday.
The largest fire in the state, the Spring Fire, continues to grow, standing at more than 107,000 acres as of Monday.
Here’s the latest on several of the biggest fires currently burning:
Size: 54,129 acres
Containment: 50 percent
Location: 13 miles north of Durango
The 416 Fire started at about 10 a.m. on June 1, 2018, approximately 10 miles north of Durango. The fire is burning on the west side of State Highway 550 on some private land and on the San Juan National Forest.
Size: 4,593 acres
Containment: 50 percent
Location: Approximately 14 miles south of Rico
The Burro Fire was detected on June 8, 2018 at 3:45 p.m. near the Gold Run Trail on the Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest.
Size: 19,955 acres
Containment: 80 percent
Location: Approximately 32 miles northwest of Craig
The Divide Fire started on Friday, June 29 near the town of Great Divide.Two structures have been lost since the fire started.
The fire grew over 6,000 acres from Saturday into Sunday, according to the latest acreage numbers. A Type 3 Incident Management Team is now managing the fire.
High Chateau Fire
Size: 1,423 acres
Containment: 100 percent
Location: Central Teller County
Officials announced Monday morning that three people, including a 17-year-old, have been charged with first-degree arson in connection to the fire. Investigators said an unauthorized fire left unattended started the blaze.
Lake Christine Fire
Size: 10,406 acres
Containment: 32 percent
Location: Near Basalt
The Lake Christine Fire is burning approximately one mile northwest of Basalt, Colorado. So far, three homes have been destroyed by the blaze.
Two people have turned themselves in in connection to starting the fire. The pair, who had originally been issued summons on fourth-degree arson charges, were shooting tracer rounds at a gun range outside of Basalt when the fire started.
As of Monday, July 23, there was a pre-evacuation notice in place for residents of Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles and Taylor Road. Authorities said there is increased fire behavior on the eastern flank of the fire.
Size: 107,967 acres
Containment: 83 percent
Location: 5 miles east of Fort Garland
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation
The Spring Fire east of Fort Garland in Costilla and Huerfano counties has forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes since it began. Officials said 132 homes have been destroyed by the Spring Fire so far.
As Highway 160 opens and residents enter the burned area, they should be aware that smoke and possibly some flame will be visible within the fire perimeter in coming days, fire officials said Sunday. On Wednesday, Huerfano County Emergency Management said all pre-evacuation orders on the south side of High 160 were lifted. The evacuation shelter in Fort Garland, which opened to residents June 28, closed July 12.
Size: 1,270 acres
Containment: 20 percent
Location: About 13 miles southwest of Fraser
The Sugarloaf Fire started on Thursday, June 28, from a lightning strike near the South Fork of Darling Creek, just south of Byers Peak Wilderness.
Size: 1,636 acres
Location: 5 miles west of Maybell
Colroado's latest wildfire was reported on Friday, July 6 at around 7:30 p.m. about five miles west of Maybell in Moffat County (northwest Colorado). About 30 structures are threatened by the fire, but none are believed to be lost or damaged.
Fire officials say the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but added lightning moved through the area shortly before the fire was reported.
Weston Pass Fire
Containment: 64 percent
Location: 9 miles southwest of Fairplay
The Park County Sheriff and CDOT have opened U.S. Highway 285 to all traffic as of 8 a.m. Saturday, July 7.
Note: This map and the data contained within are maintained by The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center and some information may be delayed. Check with your local fire district for the most updated information.