New wildfire, Torso Creek Fire, reported in North Routt county
CLARK — According to scanner traffic, a wildfire has been reported near Meadon Peak in Routt National Forest, about 5 miles west of Steamboat Lake State Park. The fire has been named the Torso Creek Fire.
According to the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center, the fire was estimated to be less than an acre at 1:45 p.m. Sunday and burning in spruce and fir forest.
U.S. Forest Road 42 has been closed, according to scanner traffic.
Closer to Craig, the Big Gulch fire sparked in the Great Divide area Saturday afternoon. According to the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center, the fire reached an estimated 38 acres and was fully contained the same day.
Northwest Colorado is under a fire weather watch, as isolated thunderstorms are expected to develop over the mountains Sunday afternoon and evening, increasing in coverage overnight.
“Drier air will quickly filter into Northeast Utah and Northwest Colorado on Monday behind tonight’s cold front. This will allow skies to clear and relative humidity to plummet back to critical levels by Monday afternoon. Gusty surface winds will persist behind the front, as a strong upper-level jet remains overhead. This, combined with dry vegetation across the region, will result in critical fire weather conditions Monday afternoon and evening,” according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
The Shed Fire was reported as 80% contained in a Facebook post by Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office Monday, July 22.