Muddy Slide Fire evacuations lifted as containment grows |

Muddy Slide Fire evacuations lifted as containment grows

A sign hanging on the deck of a home near Stagecoach Reservoir offers firefighters a thank you for their efforts on the Muddy Slide Fire. (Photo by John F. Russell)

YAMPA — Routt County officials signaled an all clear Friday morning for residents who were forced to evacuate from their properties in the area of the Muddy Slide Fire in South Routt County.

The mandatory evacuation order for residents along Routt County Road 16, between mile marker 12 and Colorado Highway 134, has been lifted, in addition to a voluntary evacuation for the areas of Green Ridge and South Stagecoach.

Fire officials updated the fire’s containment to 39% as of Friday morning, and it’s holding steady at 4,093 acres, or 6.4 square miles.

As containment increases, the fire’s complexity decreases, which allows fire officials to consider transitioning to a smaller team to continue firefighting activity. If necessary, the long-term plan for the fire allows additional resources to be brought in should fire activity increase over the coming weeks.

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