Colorado: Beaver Creek Fire

Campers are being evacuated from dispersed areas.

Beaver Creek Fire

Above: Beaver Creek Fire June 20, 2016. USFS photo by Alison Richards.

(Click here to see updated information on the Beaver Creek Fire as of July 6, 2016)


(UPDATE at 10:42 p.m. MDT June 22, 2016)

On Wednesday afternoon the Beaver Creek Fire northwest of Walden, Colorado was very active again, almost doubling in size to 7,000 acres. The fire spread further to the east, becoming well established on Independence Mountain.

The evacuation orders implemented on Tuesday are still in place.

The “Blue” Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team with Incident Commander Jay Esperance will assume command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday.


(Originally published at 2:48 p.m. MDT June 22, 2016)

In the four days that the Beaver Creek Fire has been burning 20 miles northwest of Walden, Colorado it has grown to 3,800 acres. Most of those acres were accumulated on Tuesday.

A wind shift on Tuesday afternoon drove the fire to the east, pushing it across two main roads and establishing spot fires on BLM-managed Independence Mountain. The majority of the Beaver Creek Fire remains on the Routt National Forest in northwest Jackson County, Colo about 1 mile south of the Wyoming border.

Local fire staff were working late Tuesday with Jackson County and the BLM to evacuate dispersed campers on Independence Mountain.

(Click on the images below to see larger versions.)

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Weather forecast for the area of the Beaver Creek Fire. NWS.

The weather on Wednesday and Thursday will be moderate, but will become more problematic on Friday and Saturday with humidities around 20 percent, 10 mph southwest or west winds gusting up to 17 mph, and a chance of thunderstorms.

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Vicinity map of the Beaver Creek Fire.
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3-D map of the Beaver Creek looking SW. Perimeter data from 9 p.m. June 21, 2016. CO Div. Fire Prev. & Control.
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Beaver Creek Fire June 20, 2016. USFS photo by Alison Richards.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Colorado: Beaver Creek Fire”

  1. This fire is just north of the Big Creek campground and it’s sad because that area was hit hard by the pine beetles and was just starting to recover.

    1. Interesting. This is an incredible example of the sad state of health of not only the US, but also many of the world’s forests. The picture of forest die off and fire is incredible. Excellent photos as always Bill. Your maps are also superior to anything I’ve seen.


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