Colorado Wildfire Updates: Chateau Fire, Others 100 Percent Contained

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<p>A flare-up of the Spring Creek Fire on Silver Mountain, July 8, 2018.</p>
Photo: Spring Creek Fire July 8
A flare-up of the Spring Creek Fire on Silver Mountain, July 8, 2018.

Posted: July 9 | Updated: July 12

Editor's Note: With decreasing fire activity across the state, this story will not be updated after July 12. Our original story continues below.

Here are the latest updates on wildfire happenings around the state, including some arrests:

Smith Fire

Location: 5.5 miles north of Meeker

Size: 76 acres

Containment: 80 Percent

The Smith Fire was reported the evening of July 9 and was started by lightning. Crews worked to set up fire lines.

Skunk Creek Fire

Location: 30 miles north of Craig,

Size: 620 acres

Containment: 100 Percent

The Skunk Creek Fire was reported July 8 burning in oak brush near the Wyoming border. The cause of the fire is lightning. Firefighters have been successful keeping the fire contained and not moving toward structures in Wilderness Ranch and Bakers Peak.

Red Canyon 2 Fire

Location: 2.5 miles east of Wolcott, Colorado

Size: 26 acres

Containment: 100 Percent

The Red Canyon 2 Fire started July 8 and was burning less than half a mile away from the Red Canyon Estates on White River National Forest lands. The cause has not be determined but lightning was reported at the time. Evacuations for the Red Canyon Estates subdivision have been lifted and residents are able to return home. No new fire growth has been reported at this time. Firefighters continue with mop-ups to strengthening fire lines.

Chateau Fire

Location: 7 miles northwest of Cripple Creek

Size: 1,423 acres

Containment: 100 percent

The Chateau Fire destroyed at least eight homes and numerous outbuildings. All pre-evacuations were lifted Monday morning. Three Colorado Springs residents, including one juvenile, were charged with first-degree arson in starting the fire, the Teller County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday morning. Each of them faces 4-8 years in prison and a $3,000 to $750,000 fine if convicted. It is believed they left a campfire unattended, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Lake Christine Fire

Location: 1 mile northwest of Basalt

Size: 6,345 acresPhoto: Lake Christine Fire El Jebel

Containment: 49 percent

All mandatory evacuations were lifted July 11.

Fire crews continued with mop-ups and hot spot control Monday on the west and south ends of the fire. They also improved fire lines along the southeastern and northwestern perimeters. The Lake Christine Fire began July 3 and spread rapidly on July 4, destroying three homes. Word spread by social media led to an impromptu rally for firefighters by grateful residents on July 10, the Aspen Times reports.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said two suspects fired tracer rounds at a shooting range, igniting the flames.

Spring Creek Fire

Location: 5 miles northeast of Fort Garland

Size: 107,967 acres

Containment: 83 percent

After being forced out to weeks ago, the first group of evacuees returned to their homes Thursday morning. Crews continued to fight fire lines and protect structures. Emergency personnel worked on restoring power to the area Thursday.

The southern perimeter of the Spring Creek Fire is now fully contained. Crews continue to focus on mop-up. There is minimal activity in the southern end of the fire.

The fire started June 27 and is the third-largest wildfire in Colorado history. Fire crews worked to improve fire lines near Road 572 and south of Red Wing on Sunday. They also monitored Tres Valles, Navajo Ranch.

The Costilla County Sheriff’s Office said Jesper Joergensen, 52, started the fire. He was arrested July 3. Joergensen gave officials conflicting accounts about how he started the fire on his property.

416 Fire

Location: 13 miles north of Durango

Size: 54,129 acres

Containment: 50 percentPhoto: Colorado Wildfire 416 Fire (AP)

Closure areas were reduced and the Colorado Trail was reopened Thursday. The fire continues not to be a threat.

Most firefighting resources have been released because of daily rain over the 416 Fire. The fire is no longer considered a threat. A national firefighting team brought in to battle the fire is leaving, giving responsibility for monitoring it to San Juan National Forest officials.

Firefighters say it will take a lot of rain or snow to completely extinguish it and it could still produce smoke before that happens.

The fire started June 1 and the cause is unknown.

Burro Fire

Location: 14 miles south of Rico

Size: 4,593 acres

Containment: 50 percent

Closure areas were reduced Thursday and the Colorado Trail was reopened. The fire continues not to be a threat.

Rain on Sunday afternoon reduced the Burro Fire's activity and smoke, but embers continue to smolder. Fire restrictions remain in effect in the San Juan National Forest, and in Montezuma and Dolores counties. The Colorado Trail is still closed from Molas Pass south to Junction Creek. The Hermosa Creek Wilderness is also closed. The Burro Fire started June 8 and is under investigation.

Sugarloaf Fire

Location: Arapaho National Forest south of Byers Peak Wilderness

Size: 1,280 acres

Containment: 20 percent

The Sugarloaf Fire was started by lightning June 28. Rugged terrain and numerous dead trees left behind from the Mountain Pine Beetle “bug kill” 20 years ago make the area dangerous for firefighters. Unexpected tree fall and lightning is possible. The fire is not threatening any homes or businesses, Inciweb reported Thursday morning.

Fawn Fire

Location: 30 miles southwest of Meeker

Size: 1,400 acres

Containment: 90 percent

The Fawn Fire was reported July 7, burning a rugged and remote area of Piceance Basin. No structures were threatened. The cause was determined to be lightning.

Weston Pass Fire

Photos: Weston Pass FIre | Tornado Near Fairplay - AP
The National Weather Service says a twister touched down July 5, 2018 in Park County, south of Fairplay, a central Colorado town about 10,000 feet above sea level.

Location: 9 miles southwest of Fairplay

Size: 13,023 acres

Containment: 74 percent

Fire crews continued monitoring fire lines and worked to hold the perimeter of the fire along Highway 285, Thursday morning.

The Weston Pass Fire was started by lightning and has been burning since June 28. On July 10, the Park County Sheriff lifted the evacuation for the Campground of the Rockies. Conditions are still favorable for fire crews, but aircraft have been grounded during storms due to winds.

Divide Fire

Location: Great Divide area, 23 miles north of Craig

Size: 19,955 acres

Containment: 100 percent

The Divide fire has been fully contained, Inciweb reported Tuesday morning. The fire began June 29 and the cause remains under investigation.

Chedsey Fire

Location: Routt National Forest, southwest of Walden near Teal Lake

Size: 45 acres

Containment: 75 percent

The Chedsey Fire began burning June 30. The cause is under investigation, and there has been one minor injury reported. Crews will patrol the fire perimeter to monitor for hotspots, no increase in fire activity has been reported.

Thornburg Fire

Location: 5 miles west of Maybell

Size: 1,636 acres

Containment: 100 percent

The Thornburg Fire was 100 percent contained Sunday night. The fire started July 6, and the cause remains in under investigation.

Buffalo Fire

Location: 2 miles west of Silverthorne

Size: 81 acres

Containment: 100 percent

The Buffalo Fire began June 20. The fire area was closed for hot spots and the potential for falling trees. The cause is unknown.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.