Two large wildfires burning in Colorado are among more than six dozen blazes now burning across the American West, prompting evacuations in several states as well as health warnings due to smoky air.
West Routt Fire says the Deep Creek Fire is at 2,081 acres with no containment as of Tuesday afternoon.
As of Wednesday night, a type two incident command team is in full control, giving crews more resourced to fight the fire. The fire is now at zero percent containment.
One ranch has had to be evacuated and structures that were immediately threatened have been evacuated. About 40 residences are under pre-evacuation orders. Officials said there are 42 addresses within a five-mile radius of the fire.
The Deep fire had burned more than 2,200 acres by Wednesday morning.
Firefighters in Routt County also are battling the Big Red Fire, which has consumed 1,405 acres, and is just a few miles south of the Wyoming border and about 45 miles north of Steamboat Springs. The fire, which is believed to have been started by lightning, sent ash raining down on Steamboat 13 miles away.
Almost 170 firefighters are working the blaze, which is burning in conifer, aspen and gambel oak trees on a mix of private and Bureau of Land Management property.