GRAND COUNTY, Colo. - Summer is here which means Colorado has moved into wildfire season. There are a couple currently burning in Colorado.
The Gutzler Fire is one of the latest to be reported. It is burning around 14 miles southwest of Kremmling. The fire is sized at around 250 acres and is burning in mixed conifer and timber.
It was reported on Sunday, July 2.
Smoke may be visible from the State Bridge area in Eagle County and from Highway 9 and Silverthorne in Summit County.
Authorities expect smoke to head north and west toward Kremmling.
Mill Creek Fire
The Mill Creek Fire was reported on Saturday, July 1. It is burning just northeast of Hayden, Colo. on the northwestern part of the state.
It apparently started when a tree fell on a bulldozer that was working in the area.
There haven't been any details released on containment.
Lightner Creek Fire
The Lightner Creek Fire is burning near Durango and is sized at about 412 acres. Fire crews have it 95 percent contained.
Evacuations were in place for residents in the area of the fire but were allowed to return home on July 2. The roads will remain closed to the public, and only residents with Rapid Tag cards issued from the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office will be allowed in the area.
Smoke may still be visible at times as crews continue to increase containment.
The 412 Fire may be small but it has been burning since June 23. It's sized at 75 acres and caused a few road closures.
It was last reported that that the current road and trail closures include:
- Big Bend Trail (#519), Salt Creek Trail (#559) in the Hermosa Creek Wilderness
- The portion of the Highline Colorado Trail between its intersections with the Cape of Good Hope Trail and the intersection of the Scotch Creek road and the Divide road (# 564.)
- Divide Road (#564)
- Corral Trail #521
- Salt Creek Trail, 733
- Ryman Creek Trail 734/735
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