Colorado's Spring Creek Fire is still raging • Earth.com

Last update: May 30th, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Colorado’s Spring Creek Fire is still raging Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the intensity of the Spring Creek Fire, the third-largest wildfire in Colorado history that was sparked by an illegal campfire on June 27.

The wildfire was around 83 percent contained on Thursday, but officials have estimated that it will not be completely contained until the end of July. At least 140 homes have been destroyed and the fire has spread over 107,967 acres of land. Colorado’s Spring Creek Fire is still raging

This image was acquired on July 6 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. Spring Creek is a 12.7-mile-long (20.4 km) tributary of the Cache La Poudre River in the state of Colorado in the United States.

Spring Creek begins north of Horsetooth Mountain within Horsetooth Mountain Park just west of Fort Collins, Colorado and flows into Horsetooth Reservoir. After leaving Horsetooth Reservoir out of Spring Canyon Dam, Spring Creek flows through central Fort Collins just south of Colorado State University.  For most of its passage through the city, it is paralleled by the city-maintained Spring Creek Trail.


The Spring Creek Trail follows Spring Creek through several parks in mid Fort Collins. It currently extends from Spring Canyon park at the southern end of Overland Trail to the confluence of Spring Creek and the Poudre River where it joins the Poudre Trail. The Spring Creek Trail extends through a new underpass of Taft Hill Road. This highly popular trail continues to Spring Canyon Community Park and the Pineridge Natural Area. The Spring Creek Trail is 6.6 miles

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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