Beaver Creek Fire: Battling the 60-square-mile fire in Colorado & Wyoming cost roughly $30 million

Posted at 6:29 AM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 08:29:50-05

WALDEN, Colo. -- The cost of battling Colorado's largest wildfire of 2016 has reached about $30 million as the blaze continues to smolder and produce smoke.

Routt National Forest spokesman Aaron Voos said smoke was still visible at the Beaver Creek Fire site over the weekend, and final costs associated with the fire haven't yet been tallied, according to The Denver Post.

The wildfire was discovered in June near Walden, Colorado. The fire quickly exploded and burned more than 38,000 acres in Colorado and Wyoming. Authorities said the fire destroyed one home and 16 other structures.

Colorado prosecutors charged a juvenile with starting the fire in October, but the cause of the fire has not yet been released. Officials said the fire started just north of Big Creek Lakes Campground, in Twisty Park.

The Beaver Creek Fire scorched mostly beetle-killed trees, which made it more difficult for firefighters to extinguish.