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Fire Rages On - 9-6-17

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The Deep Creek fire, which started at 2 acres, has now grown to over 2,286 acres.

Wolf Mountain Ranch is closest to the fire. Ranch employees worked alongside fire crews to build fire lines and protect structures from the advancing fire:

Crews fighting the fire this morning include the Wyoming Hot Shots, a Colorado River hand crew, local fire agencies in Routt County and two helicopters.

And amidst the flurry of activity, everyone is hoping fire crews could also save something else — acres and acres of prime elk habitat near Wolf Mountain. The ranch is home to a large conservation easement. Even with all the loud noises of heavy machinery, firefighters could hear several elk bugling nearby. And this bald eagle rose from fishing in a pond to fly in front of the fire:

Denver area schools cancelled recess due to the smoke that was coming from the two big wildfires now burning here in Northwest Colorado. When you figure they are 3 1/2 hours east of us over the Rocky Mountains, it gives you an idea what this is like just to the northeast of the fire.

Scott Franz got all these photos - and likely sucked down quite a bit of smoke while doing it!
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  • DIROB57
    Living on the gulf coast, hurricanes have been more on our radar than anything and I didn't even realize the fires were going on until I saw it on the SP Community Feed yesterday! So sorry to hear about this and I hope they are able to stop it soon!
    773 days ago
    Irma seems to have pushed the news of the fires off the front page. Stay safe!!
    773 days ago
    Terrible for all the animals... humans and the forests. Hope it never comes too close to your area. Pray for rain... lots of rain. emoticon emoticon
    774 days ago
    What is really sad......LACK OF MEDIA COVERAGE! I had no idea there are fires burning out west until I read this Spark blog today and saw one tiny Facebook post.....nothing on the regular news? Where are they? It is outrageous how the media picks and chooses its news......mostly stuff to instigate tempers brewing.

    I am so so sorry about this terrible fire and all the wildlife it is affecting. Last fall the mountains around my town were on fire and I remember how devastating it was....and how hard to breathe. I really feel for anyone who has asthma or any lung problems that affect their breathing.

    This situation will be in my prayers.

    774 days ago
    So sad!
    774 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    The fires are terrible. We are socked in completely with smoke today, can't see our mountains here in the north fork valley. So sad to see our forests going up in flames. Praying......
    774 days ago
    OH my. I hope that the fires are contained soon and no loss of lives.
    774 days ago
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