Sylvan fire

Sylvan fire.

As temperatures climbed in recent days and drought conditions persisted through western parts of the state, wildfires started to crop up. The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings until Tuesday evening in several counties, including Grand, Jackson and Summit.

Here are some of the large, active wildfires burning throughout Colorado as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the InciWeb Incident Information System.

Muddy Slide Fire

  • Size: 156 acres
  • Containment: Unknown
  • Location: In the Gore Range, Routt National Forest
  • Cause: Unknown

The Muddy Slide Fire started about 3 p.m. Sunday. The fire's growth remained "minimal" Monday, thanks to aerial resources with retardant and water, as well as favorable fire weather. As of Tuesday morning, 75 emergency responders were fighting the fire.

Oil Springs Fire

  • Size: 7,183 acres
  • Containment: 0%
  • Location: 20 miles south of Rangely
  • Cause: Lightning

The Oil Springs Fire began burning Friday afternoon and experienced "significant growth" as winds stoked the fire and dry vegetation fed the flames. Multiple agencies worked to protect structures and winds gusted up to 40 mph overnight Monday. 

Sylvan Fire

  • Size: 2,630 acres
  • Containment: Unknown
  • Location: 16 miles south of Eagle
  • Cause: Suspected lightning, under investigation

The Sylvan Fire was first reported at 3:15 p.m. Sunday in the White River National Forest, near Sylvan Lake State Park. As of Tuesday morning, 75 emergency responders, along with a light and heavy helicopter, were fighting the fire. A heavy air tanker and four single-engine air-tankers also dropped retardant to slow the spread of the fire Monday.

A pre-evacuation notice remains in effect for the upper Frying Pan Road area in Pitkin County from Deerhammer campground to Hagerman Pass.

Trail Canyon Fire

  • Size: 881 acres
  • Containment: 30%
  • Location: 10 miles northwest of Red Mesa, Colo.
  • Cause: Lightning

The Trail Canyon Fire started Friday about 5:15 p.m. As of Monday afternoon, 116 emergency responders were fighting the fire. Officials said despite wind Monday firefighters made gains to slow the fire's growth with the help of helicopters, fixed-wing air tankers and bulldozers. 

West Fire

  • Size: 700 acres
  • Containment: Unknown
  • Location: Middle Mountain in the northwest corner of Moffat County
  • Cause: Suspected lightning, under investigation

The Bureau of Land Management is actively engaging the West Fire using five engines, one Hot Shot crew and an array of Moffat County equipment. The fire is burning heavy lodgepole pine, and no structures are threatened as of Monday.

Multiple small wildfires of less than 10 acres are also burning in Pitkin County, Mount Falcon Park near Morrison, northeast of De Beque and east of Snowmass.

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