ROUTT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A wildfire burning in northeast Routt County grew by more than 1,400 acres from Friday to Saturday. The Morgan Creek Fire is now estimated to be 1,660 acres.
Crews blame strong wind speeds overnight.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an air quality health advisory through Sunday morning because of the heavy smoke. They say Glen Eden and Clark will see the heaviest smoke overnight into Sunday morning.
Air Quality Health Advisory thru Sunday morning for northern Routt County due to the #MorganCreekFire_CO. Heaviest smoke impacts are expected in Glen Eden and Clark overnight/Sunday AM. #cofire https://t.co/o2HSEEeP6S pic.twitter.com/NhjQpOfDfA
— CDPHE Air Pollution (@cdpheapcd) July 10, 2021
Fire officials say it moved south and east toward the Middle Fork Fire burn scar. That fire burned more than 20,000 acres in the fall of 2020.
The fire is believed to have started south of the Hinman Campground near County Road 64 and Forest Road 400.
Pre-evacuation orders were issued Friday afternoon for the Eastern Seedhouse Area near Forest Service Roads 442 and 442B.
County Road 64 is closed at County Road 129 junction, and Forest Roads 400 & 442 are closed.
The fire has prompted the closures of recreation sites, campgrounds and trailheads along the Seedhouse corridor.
Smoke from the fire is settling over the Continental Divide in Jackson County.
The fire is not contained.