Deep Creek Fire: 4,112 acres in size, 39 percent contained

Posted at 4:36 PM, Sep 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-10 18:36:01-04

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – As Florida deals with Hurricane Irma, Colorado firefighters continue to battle a wildfire in Routt County Sunday.

The Deep Creek Fire remained at 4,112 acres in size and 39 percent containment overnight, according to a spokesperson with Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black.

On Sunday, crews worked to strengthen an existing fireline on the northern and southern edge of the fire, while patrolling areas of the fire that are contained.

The fire, which has burned nine miles northeast of Hayden since last Monday, has been a challenge to fight since resources from around the country are being sent farther west to deal with fires raging in Oregon, California and Montana.

It’s not yet clear what started the fire, but investigators believe a lightning strike is the most likely cause.

The Deep Creek Fire is one of two fires currently burning in Routt County. The Big Red Fire was started by a lightning strike early in August and as of Sunday, the blaze had burned more than 2,854 acres and was 20 percent contained.

A total of 293 firefighters are fighting this blaze.