Small wildland fire burning in North Routt

Small fire burning in northern Routt County


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Crews are preparing to battle a small, remote wildland fire that burned overnight in northern Routt County.

North Routt Fire Chief Bob Reilley said about 15 firefighters are hiking into the Miller Creek Drainage, near the end of Routt County Road 56 C, directly north of Milner, to fight the fire. The fire is only about one-tenth of an acre. There are no buildings threatened by the fire, he said. Officials don't yet know what caused the fire.

However, Reilley warned dry conditions could allow the fire to grow.

"There are really dry fuels, and our concern is we get this taken care of before it gets any larger," he said.

North Routt Fire Protection District firefighters, Routt National Forest firefighters and possibly Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters will respond, he said. Routt County Emergency Manger Bob Struble is also at the scene.

The fire was reported at 4:43 Sunday afternoon, but by the time the fire was located it was too dark and dangerous for firefighters to enter the area, Reilley said.

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