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!