New fire sparks in Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area |

New fire sparks in Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

Eleanor C. Hasenbeck/Steamboat Pilot & Today
A plume of smoke from the Ryan Fire rises from behind a hillside. This photo was taken from Routt County Road 129 south of Hahns Peak Village.
Katie Berning/Steamboat Pilot & Today

JACKSON COUNTY — A new wildfire is blazing in the extreme northern tip of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area in northwest Jackson County.

The Ryan Fire was first reported last night and is burning in about 500 acres of live and beetle-killed lodgepole pine. The fire is growing rapidly and moving toward the Wyoming border.

The U.S. Forest Service is evacuating hunters and campers in the area of Forest Service Road 80 in Colorado and south of Forest Road 496 in Wyoming.

Smoke from the fire is visible in North Routt County.