Containment now at 30 percent for Mill Creek Fire northeast of Hayden
Winds have cooperated allowing firefighters to contain 30 percent of the Mill Creek Fire burning 13 miles northeast of Hayden.
On Thursday morning, aerial surveillance showed the fire had burned 460 acres.
On Wednesday morning, it was measured at 452 acres.
According to a new release from fire managers, the most significant challenges are pockets of spruce, timber lines and piles of logs from old logging operations.
The 30 percent containment is on the western side of the fire.
An emergency message was sent to residents within a two-mile radius of the fire.
It stated that locked gates are hindering firefighting efforts.
Firefighters are trying to conduct reconnaissance in the area to study the fuels, typography and what impact they might have on the fire.
Fire managers are also trying to get a better idea of how many people are living in the area in case evacuations are necessary.
The Craig, Pike and Wyoming hot shot crews are working the fire. Also helping are firefighters from West Routt, Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs departments.
Oak Creek Fire Chief Chuck Wisecup is training as the fire’s incident commander.
The fire is mainly being accessed from Routt County Road 80.
The road remains open, but the Routt County Sheriff’s Office is limiting traffic to only those people that need to be there.
There are 135 people currently working the fire, and no one has been injured.
According to the news release, new fires in Northwest Colorado are placing increased demands on already-limited resources.
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