Two fires ignite north and south of Steamboat late Sunday afternoon
July 23, 2018
Editor's note: This story was updated at 8:45 p.m. Sunday.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS– After 4 p.m. Sunday, a fire broke out on private land near the intersection of Colorado Highway 131 and Routt County Road 14. A couple of structures, including a home and a barn, were threatened, said Routt County Emergency Management Director David "Mo" DeMorat.
The fire was smaller than five acres when DeMorat left to respond to a second fire north of town, he said. The fire was contained Sunday evening without any major structures lost, but a lean-to and a beehive burned.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue and Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters responded to the fire.
At around 5:45 p.m., a second fire sparked north of Steamboat Springs off of Routt County Road 44, about six miles north of the Steamboat Springs Airport, DeMorat said. The fire threatened a home.
Officials were able to contain the fire to about three-quarters of an acre, DeMorat said. No structures were lost.
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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, North Routt Fire Protection District and Bureau of Land Management firefighters responded to the fire north of Steamboat.
“It’s been a busy day with lightning and it being so dry, but they got them both contained without losing anything,” DeMorat said.