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Morgan Creek fire in Routt County grows to 3,858 acres

The wildfire prompted a voluntary pre-evacuation for the area and is still moving south towards Burn Ridge.

ROUTT COUNTY, Colo. — A wildfire that started Friday afternoon in Routt National Forest was at 3,858 acres as of Monday night, with no containment. 

The Morgan Creek Fire started Friday – it's burning 15 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

It has now spread to the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, according to the wildfire information website Inciweb

Monday, officials said the fire behavior is moderate, with backing, spotting, crowning and torching and a Type II Team has been ordered and is mobilizing. A Type III Incident Command Team from Wyoming took over management of the fire Sunday morning, according to officials. 

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The fire started south of Hinman Campground, south of Seedhouse corridor, County Road 64 and Forest Road 400. Those areas are now closed.

Road closures for County Road 64 are in effect at the County Road 129 junction. Forest Roads 400, 440 and 442 are also closed. 

Recreation sites for the Forrest Service are also closed along the Seedhouse corridor, including campgrounds, trailheads and the Seedhouse Guard Station.

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