Wildfire breaks out north of Hayden in California Park area | CraigDailyPress.com

Wildfire breaks out north of Hayden in California Park area

Bryce Martin / Steamboat Pilot & Today
A helicopter carries water to fight the Zirkel Fire in North Routt over the weekend. Two wildfires currently are burning in Routt County, both on U.S. Forest Service land.
Courtesy photo/City of Steamboat Springs

Crews are currently on scene of a wildfire that ignited Thursday north of Hayden in North Routt County.

West Routt Fire Protection District initially responded to the fire at around 2 p.m. Thursday near Sugar Loaf Mountain, according to David “Mo” DeMorat, the county’s emergency operation director.

Sugar Loaf Mountain is a peak in the Elkhead Mountains, located within the California Park area of Routt National Forest. It’s about 11 1/2 miles west of Steamboat Lake as the crow flies and about 2 1/2 miles west of Routt County Road 80. 

Federal resources are working to extinguish the fire. A helicopter and ground crew were able to manage the fire, most recently reported to be one acre with a few spot fires occurring outside its perimeter, DeMorat said.

Federal resources dismissed West Routt Fire at about 5:30 p.m.

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