Cow Creek Fire update

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OURAY COUNTY, Colo. — UPDATE (10/28): After heavy snowfall over the weekend, the Cow Creek Fire is 859 acres and 10% contained.

Along with improved containment, closures have been lifted. The public is now able to access Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests lands in and around the fire area, which had been closed to ensure public and firefighter safety during ongoing fire operations.

NOW OPEN:

  • Forest Service Roads: Owl Creek Pass Road (FSR 858) from the forest boundary up to Owl Creek Pass), Cow Creek Road (FSR 857) and West Fork Road (FSR 860) from Owl Creek Pass.
  • Forest Service Trails: Cow Creek Trail (FST 220), Stealey Mountain South Trail (FST 258), and Courthouse Trail (FST 218), Stealey Mountain North Trail (FST 219), Old Owl Creek Trail (FST 236), Wetterhorn Basin Trail (FST 226), Spalding Park Trail (FST 237), FST 219.1B, 236.1B, 236.1A, and 144.

(10/22): The National Forest Service says the Cow Creek fire continues to expand.

The fire, which is 9 miles east of Ridgway, has grown to 803 acres and remains zero percent contained.

Snowfall from this weekend is expected to help slow the growth of the cow creek fire, though winds and wind gusts will still be high in the area.

Fire behavior will likely be minimal near Courthouse Mountain Tuesday, with backing and torching near Cow Creek. The fire area is retaining heat near Red Creek, and heavy fuel loads will continue to be consumed in the interior of the fire. Firefighters continue work on the west side of the fire near Cow Creek by felling and removing hazardous trees closest to the edge of the fire.

Concerned citizens can attend a community meeting on Tuesday for the Cow Creek Fire.

The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Ridgway Elementary on Clinton Street.

If you cannot attend the meeting, it will also be live-streamed on Facebook on the GMUG Fire Information page.

Additionally, multiple roads within the fire management area are slick and unsafe due to icy conditions. Gravel and wood chips will continue to be placed on these higher elevation roads today to improve the road conditions and increase safety for fire crews.

CLOSURES:

Forest Service Roads: Owl Creek Pass Road (FSR 858) from the forest boundary up to Owl Creek Pass), Cow Creek Road (FSR 857) and West Fork Road (FSR 860) from Owl Creek Pass.

Forest Service Trails (FST): Stealey Mountain South Trail (FST 258), Courthouse Trail (FST 218), Stealey Mountain North Trail (FST 219), Old Owl Creek Trail (FST 236), Cow Creek Trail (FST 220), Wetterhorn Basin Trail (FST 226), Spalding Park Trail (FST 237), FST 219.1B, 236.1B, 236.1A, and 144.

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