While still early in the wildfire season, drought-plagued Colorado is outpacing all other U.S. states when it comes to the number of actively-burning wildfires, according to federal statistics.

Nearly a third of the 47 wildfires actively burning across the country are in Colorado, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The state's 15 actively-burning wildfires don't include previously-extinguished fires.

By comparison, there are 12 active wildfires along the entire West Coast, according to the forest service's Inciweb map.

From small, one-acre wildfires to some of the largest in state history, Colorado is suffering one of the worst wildfire seasons in history.

Here's a break down of Colorado's largest and most active fires:


The 107,967-acre Spring Creek fire is on the verge of becoming the second-largest wildfire in state history. It is 1,082 acres smaller than the West Fork Complex fire that burned 109,049 acres in 2013.

The Spring Creek fire is also the second-largest active fire in the country, according to the forest service. Only the 425,000-acre Martin fire in remote northern Nevada is larger. The County fire near Sacramento, California, burning more than 90,000 acres, is the largest wildfire on the West Coast.


The Spring Creek fire is currently 77 percent contained. Nearly 1,700 firefighters are battling the wildfire.

The fire remains active north of Colorado 160, where interior islands continue to burn. Fire crews are working to close large containment gaps along steep mountain slopes.There is minimal fire activity south of Colorado 160.

So far, authorities have reported 132 homes destroyed and another 119 damaged. That number is expected to grow.

416 FIRE

Many of the firefighters working the 416 fire have been reassigned to other wildfires around the country after fire crews achieved their goal of building fire lines around inhabited areas.

The only active parts of the 54,129-acre fire, which started 13 miles north of Durango, are in wilderness areas of the San Juan National Forest.


The fire grew about 400 acres overnight to 6,180 acres. It is now 39 percent contained.

Fire growth will most likely happen Tuesday on higher mountain slopes. Moderate spreading through areas of dry, downed pine timber is possible. Crews are working on expanding fire lines around the fire.

Afternoon rain showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday.

Alison Marcus, 22, and Richard Miller, 23, each face two felony counts of fourth degree arson and igniting a fire in a forest in violation of a fire ban, according to the district attorney.

Three homes were destroyed by the fire.


Fire crews have achieved 63 percent containment around the 13,023-acre fire located nine miles southwest of Fairplay.

Hot weather will start drying out areas that received rain on Tuesday. The fire could spread, but with lower intensity, officials said.

Possible rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the area. Although rain may slow the fire, lightning strikes could ignite new hotspots outside the perimeter. Winds from the storm could also spread the fire.

A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at South Park High School.

Wildfires in Colorado and the U.S.

The map shows active wildfire locations and all 2018 fire perimeters*. The map defaults to Colorado; to see all wildfires, click "U.S." in the view area. Click the map layers icon in the top right corner of the map to change map backgrounds and to toggle active and contained fires, and perimeters. Click a marker or perimeter for details. To view the full map and a table of all 2018 wildfires, click here.

*Data comes from two sources, GeoMAC and InciWeb, and could contain inconsistencies. Map by Kevin Hamm and Daniel J. Schneider.

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