Forest Fire Burning Near Lake Owen

Jul 7, 2014

Fire crews are responding to reports of a forest fire burning in the Southern Snowy Range area near Lake Owen.

Aaron Voos with the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest says little is known at the moment, but many members of the public called to report smoke in the area.

“We’re just trying to figure out an exact location and do a size-up on it," said Voos. "We do have both County and Forest Service crews that are en route as well as a type 3 helicopter.”

Voos says the best way for the public to get the latest on the fire is by checking the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s website.

UPDATE: The fire was approximately 300+ acres as of 8:15 p.m. Monday. Evacuations were ordered for the Lake Owen Campground, dispersed campers in the area and residents along Fox Creek Road. An emergency shelter has been set up at Harmony School on Highway 230.