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While the smoky haze over the state is actually from Arizona, as of June 22, there are eight active wildfires in Colorado. The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management shows four active fires in the state, however, KDVR has reported on eight total. Here's where they are burning:
- Sylvan Lake State Park Fire is near Eagle, was reported on Sunday, June 20, and has burned over 2,600 acres. Lightning is the suspected cause, according to KDVR.
- Muddy Slide Fire was also reported on Sunday, June 20, and has burned 165 acres in Routt National Forest.
- Frying Pan Road Fire is burning in Pitkin County, KDVR reported, but there's no information on its size or containment yet.
- Oil Springs Fire in Western Colorado has burned over 5,000 acres and was started by lighting on Friday, June 18.
- West Fire is also believed to have been started by lightning, KDVR said and is burning near Moffat County. Last week, Collom Fire started in Moffat County but reached 85 percent containment by the weekend.
- Brush Creek Fire has burned 10 acres on Brush Mountain, KDVR reported.
- Trail Canyon Fire is burning in the southwest corner of the state, on Ute Mountain Ute Tribal lands. The blaze was also sparked by lightning, has burned over 800 acres, and is 80 percent contained as of June 22.
- Smith Gulch Fire is burning on the I-70 corridor, according to KDVR. The fire has reached 700 acres.
After a streak of extreme heat in Colorado last week, a handful of counties moved into Stage 1 fire restrictions. As of this week, Pitkin County is now in Stage 2 fire restrictions. According to 9NEWS, that means no fires at all, from campfires to a pit on your back porch. Fines and jail time are both possible penalties.
Larimer County currently has no active fires nearby and does not have fire restrictions in place. However, last year, the Cameron Peak Fire burned over 200,000 acres west of Fort Collins, while the East Troublesome Fire burned almost 200,000 acres near Estes Park. They became Colorado's two largest wildfires in the state's history.