Stage 1 fire restrictions

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Sept. 20, 10:58 a.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office post: Stage 1 fire restriction reinstated in Garfield County

Due to continued dry conditions and the minimal amount of rainfall experienced in September, Garfield County will again implement Stage 1 fire restrictions on Friday, September 21, 2018, at 12:01 a.m. This will apply to all unincorporated private and state lands within Garfield County. Joining in the restrictions will be the towns of Silt, Carbondale, New Castle and Rifle.

The city of Glenwood Springs plans to return to Stage 1 restrictions effective 12:01 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018.

These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

Please check with other municipalities in Garfield County, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service for any restrictions that may be applicable within their jurisdictions.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. With a lower than normal snowpack this past winter; recent hot and dry weather have created high fire danger at elevations below about 9,000 feet.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing temporary restrictions of:

• Campfires: allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure – (fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable)

• No fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas (Note backyard charcoal grills are permissible under Stage 1 restrictions.)

• No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area, free of vegetation

• No use of explosive materials, including explosive targets or tracer rounds/exploding bullets etc.

• The discharge of weapons with normal ammunition, used for hunting and target practice is permissible

• No welding or operation of acetylene or other similar torch with open flame or any spark emitting operation, (cutting, grinding etc.) except in an area that has been cleared of vegetation

• No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order

Those found responsible for starting wildfires will face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

Sept. 20 – press releases:
Stage 1 fire restrictions reinstated in Garfield County, New Castle,
Rifle, Silt-|

Carbondale reinstates stage 1 fire restrictions-|

Glenwood Springs reinstates stage 1 fire restrictions-|

White River National Forest and BLM Colorado River Valley reinstate stage 1 fire restrictions-

Sept. 6, 11:55 a.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office post: Fire Restrictions Lifted in Garfield County

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the six fire districts in Garfield County, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Grand Valley Fire, Gypsum Fire and the De Beque and Lower Valley Fire, will lift all fire restrictions on unincorporated private and state lands within Garfield County on Friday, September 7, 2018, at 12:01 a.m.

Additionally, the City of Rifle (reflecting County restrictions), the White River National Forest and BLM lands managed by Colorado River Valley Field Office (CRVFO) in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties will lift their fire restrictions at the same time.

This collaborative effort by all parties involved acknowledges the public’s efforts to recreate responsibly while maintaining a level of safety for everyone. The joint movement to lift fire restrictions will serve to reduce confusion of where and what is allowed throughout Garfield County.

People in Garfield County and particularly those who will be camping or hunting are reminded that while campfires are allowed, we are still experiencing extremely dry conditions. Please take extra care when starting your campfire to assure that it is in a safe location, properly banked and you have the means, readily available, to extinguish it. Remember smaller fires are better and cook stoves are much easier to prepare your food on than an open fire.

People are also reminded that this is not the time to burn your slash piles or accumulated wood debris from your summer projects. Burn permits are still required even if you are only burning a pile of leaves. Please contact your local fire department for information on where and when to burn, each jurisdiction will make the decision that is right for their area based on current local conditions and any foreseeable weather conditions.

Check with your local municipality to determine what restrictions are being enforced within  city limits.

Sept. 6, 10:30 a.m. – town of Carbondale post: Removal of fire restrictions

CARBONDALE, Colo. – After consulting with the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Town Manager Jay Harrington, has decided to lift the current fire restrictions. All restrictions will lifted effective September 7, 2018, at 12 p.m.

The current weather conditions, including increased humidity and lower temperatures factored in to this decision.

For more information call 970-963-2662.

Sept. 6, 9:55 a.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: White River National Forest and BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office lift fire restrictions

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The White River National Forest and BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office (CRVFO) will transition out of all current fire restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.

Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire managers (UCR) base their decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors such as predicted weather and the amount of current fire activity. The best available science, recent measurements, and predictive models have shown a marked improvement in conditions leading to a significant decrease in wildfire risk.

Although fire restrictions have been lifted, fire managers would like to remind visitors to continue to be attentive of their actions and surroundings especially in areas with dry vegetation or dead trees. Practice smart wildfire prevention behavior by observing the following campfire safety rules:

• Never leave a campfire unattended.
• Only use established campfire rings.
• Pick safe and proper campfire sites.
• Ensure that camp fires are completely out and cool to the touch by using the “drown, stir, and feel” method.

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas visit or to see White River National Forest information, click here.

Aug. 31, 12:10 p.m. – Town of Carbondale post: Modified fire restrictions within Carbondale town limits

CARBONDALE, Colo. – After consulting with the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District the Town of Carbondale Manager, Jay Harrington, has decided to modify the fire restrictions for land within the Town of Carbondale.

Effective August 31, 2018 fire pits with screens to prevent sparks dispersing, charcoal and gas grills and smokers will be allowed in the Town of Carbondale. The following restrictions remain in place:

• No smoking is allowed except within enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or in a barren area free of vegetation of at least 20
feet in diameter.

• No use of explosive materials is permitted.

• No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame is permitted except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation
of at least 30 feet diameter.

• No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order is permitted.

• The fire chief for the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District may permit a fire if deemed appropriate.

For more information on the fire restrictions call 970-963-2662.

Aug. 29, 1:59 p.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office post: Garfield County Moves From Stage 2 to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the six fire districts in Garfield County (Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Grand Valley Fire, Gypsum Fire and the De Beque and Lower Valley Fire), will move from Stage 2 to Stage 1 fire restrictions on all unincorporated private and state lands within Garfield County on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 12:01 a.m.

Additionally, the city of Glenwood Springs; the city of Rifle (reflecting county restrictions); White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands managed by Colorado River Valley Field Office (CRVFO) in Eagle; Garfield and Pitkin counties will reduce fire restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 1 effective Friday, August 31, 2018 at 12:01 a.m.

It should also be noted that the BLM lands managed by the Grand Junction Field Office in western Garfield County will no longer be under any fire restrictions.

This collaborative effort by all parties involved acknowledges the public’s efforts to recreate responsibly, while maintaining a level of safety for everyone. The joint movement from Stage 2 to Stage 1 restrictions will serve to reduce confusion of where and what is allowed throughout Garfield County.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. There was a lower than normal snowpack this past winter and below normal rainfall through the spring and summer of 2018. The fire danger throughout Garfield County is still high.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing temporary restrictions of:

  • Campfires: allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds    (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure – fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable).
  • No fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas (Note backyard charcoal grills are permissible under Stage 1 restrictions (please verify what the restrictions are for your municipality if you live within a city’s limits).
  • No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area, free of vegetation.
  • No use of explosive materials, including explosive targets, tracer rounds/exploding bullets, etc.

-The discharge of weapons with normal ammunition, used for hunting and target practice is permissible.

-The South Canyon Gun Range will remain closed at this time.

  • No welding or operation of acetylene or other similar torch with open flame or any spark emitting operation, (cutting, grinding etc.) except in an area that has been cleared of vegetation.
  • No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order.

Those found responsible for starting wildfires will face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Garfield County, the various municipalities within Garfield County, Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service would like to thank everyone in Garfield County for their cooperation in doing their part to keep us all safe during the past months, when it was necessary to enact Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. We thank you for extending that cooperation into the fall as we move to the less restrictive Stage 1 restrictions.

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to the Garfield County Sheriff’s website or the Garfield County website.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for Unincorporated Private & State Lands in Garfield County

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – On Thursday, May 31, 2018, beginning at 12:00 AM, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the six Fire Districts in Garfield County, (Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Grand Valley Fire, Gypsum Fire and the De Beque and Lower Valley Fire) will enact Stage 1 fire restrictions, until further notice, on all unincorporated private and state lands within Garfield County.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. With a lower than normal snowpack this past winter; recent hot and dry weather have created high fire danger at elevations below about 8,000 feet.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing temporary restrictions of:

• campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure — fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable)

• no fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas

• no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation

• no use of explosive materials, including explosive targets or bullets

• no welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation

• no operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order.

Those found responsible for starting wildfires will face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

“People in Garfield County understand what fires season is, and we typically see good compliance with fire restrictions, which helps reduce the number of human-caused fires,” said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone in Garfield County for their cooperation in doing their part to keep us all safe.

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Website or the Garfield County website at: www.garcosheriff.com or www.garfield-county.com

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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PRESS RELEASE
May 30, 2018

City of Glenwood Springs to Initiate Fire Restrictions June 1

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – Due to dry conditions presenting a fire hazard throughout the Glenwood Springs area, City staff have determined it necessary to put fire restrictions in place within the city limits, effective June 1. Stage 1 fire restrictions have also been implemented on all private and state land within Garfield County.

City code (110.020.180) allows for the City Council or City Manager to impose a fire restriction and/or ban if there is high fire danger.

The following restrictions shall be strictly enforced:

  • No fires/campfires/stove fires. Personal gas and charcoal grills in developed areas are allowed.
  • No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area at least 3 feet in diameter and that is barren or cleared of vegetation.
  • No operating of any combustion engine, including chainsaws, without an approved spark arrester properly installed, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher, and a round-point shovel readily available for use.
  • No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
  • No use of an explosive (ex. blasting caps, exploding targets, tracer rounds, model rockets, etc.).
  • No fireworks. Toy caps, sparklers and smoke snakes shall be permitted.

Fire restrictions in the City of Glenwood Springs will be in place until further notice. Violators will receive a summons into Municipal Court. The potential maximum fine for a violation is $1,000.

Fireworks

With the 4th of July fast approaching, the City of Glenwood Springs would like to remind everyone that even when fire restrictions are not in place, the sale or use of most types of fireworks is unlawful. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as sparklers and toy caps, but, as Police Chief Terry Wilson put it, “If it leaves the ground or goes boom, it’s illegal.” Any person violating this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

The City’s 4th of July fireworks display at Two Rivers Park has been cancelled and replaced with a laser show projected on Red Mountain. The 4th of July Celebration will also include children’s activities, two bands, and food and beverage options. City staff determined that the risk of fire this summer is too high to have a firework show. Event details are available at http://www.cogs.us/372/Fourth-of-July-Celebration.

Smoking

As with fireworks, even when fire restrictions are not in place, the City of Glenwood Springs has several smoking restrictions. To reduce the levels of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, smoking is not permitted in the following outdoor areas:

  • Within fifty (50) feet of any child care center or school
  • In the downtown area, between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
  • Within twenty-five (25) feet of a transit stop
  • On any park, parkland, or recreation area or facility
  • Within twenty-five (25) feet of any common, active, or passive open space

Glenwood Springs Police Officers will be enforcing smoking restrictions. Anyone caught violating the smoking ordinance can be fined up to $200 for a first violation, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for each additional violation within a calendar year.

 

Burn Ban in the Town of Carbondale

May 30, 2018

Carbondale, Colo. – In conjunction with Garfield County’s Stage I Fire Restrictions that begin May 31, 2018, the Town of Carbondale and Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District are instituting State I Fire Restrictions within town limits until further notice.

Stage I Fire Restrictions include:

  • campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure — fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable)
  • no fires of any type, including charcoal grills, outside of developed areas
  • no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation
  • no use of explosive materials
  • no welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation
  • no operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order
    In addition, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District is not issuing any open burning permits anywhere in the fire district. The fuel moisture content is low, there is not a lot of rain predicted in the near future and experts are predicting an increased wildfire risk in our area.  Restrictions will remain in place until sufficient rain has fallen to mitigate hazardous fire conditions.For questions, please contact Fire Chief Rob Goodwin at 970-963-2491 or rgoodwin@carbondalefire.org or Police Chief Gene Schilling at 970-963-2662 or genes@carbondaleco.net.

 

City of Rifle stage 1 fire restrictions by ordinance

Due to extremely dry conditions, effective May 31st, Garfield County enacted Stage 1 fire restrictions which will remain in place until further notice. Pursuant to Rifle Municipal Code 10-10-40 (e), all fire restrictions issued by Garfield County are applicable in the City of Rifle. This leaves Rifle Citizens wondering what they can and can’t do when it comes to fire.

Rifle City Code prohibits open burning from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “Open Burning” includes burning without utilizing some sort of stack or chimney and includes the sale, possession or use of fireworks (RMC 10-10-40).

The restrictions imposed by the Sheriff include:
Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure — fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable).

No fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas.
No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation.
No use of explosive materials, including explosive targets or bullets.
No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation.
No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order.

What does this mean for your backyard grill or barbeque? Nothing. Yes, you can still enjoy your burgers and brats whether you are using an enclosed grill or an outdoor fireplace. But absolutely no fireworks and no burning that excess grass along your property’s fence line.
Until we receive a substantial amount of moisture, please use common sense with anything flammable or capable of creating a spark.

If you have any questions, please call dispatch at 970-625-8095 and ask to speak to Code Enforcement Officer Sara Flores.

 

Fire restrictions begin Friday for BLM lands in Mesa and Garfield counties

June 6, 2018

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Stage 1 fire restrictions begin June 8 for the majority of Bureau of Land Management administered lands in Garfield and Mesa counties.

These restrictions cover all lands administered by the Grand Junction Field Office as well as the additional BLM-administered lands in Garfield and Mesa counties managed by the Colorado River Valley Field Office. Stage 1 fire restrictions are already in place for unincorporated private lands in Garfield and Mesa counties.

The Grand Junction Field Office also includes northern portion of Montrose County. With the Uncompahgre Field Office to the south already in stage 1 fire restrictions, all BLM lands and unincorporated private lands in Montrose County are also now in fire restrictions.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors.

“Recent hot and dry weather is increasing fire danger, and we are seeing particularly high fire danger at elevations below about 8,000 feet,” said Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit Fire Management Officer Rob Berger. “Stage 1 fire restrictions help reduce the number of human-caused fires as well as increase public awareness of the high fire danger.”

BLM will be enforcing temporary restrictions of:

  • campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure — fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable)
  • no fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas
  • no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation
  • no use of explosive materials, including explosive targets
  • no welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation
  • no operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order

Fire restrictions on these lands will be in place until further notice. Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.

Based on local conditions, BLM managers are not currently initiating fire restrictions in Eagle or Pitkin counties, nor is the White River National Forest initiating fire restrictions at this time. Fire officials caution that there is still a fire danger in these areas, and remind people to be careful with fire.

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to http://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gjc/, call the Grand Junction Field Office (970) 244-3000, or the Colorado River Valley Field Office at (970) 876-9000.

 

UCR – Additional Fire restrictions begin Friday, June 15 due to high fire danger

June 13, 2018

Silt, Colo. – Stage 1 fire restrictions begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 15 for the entire White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management-administered lands in Summit, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, and portions of Grand County adjacent to the Colorado River and Trough Road southwest of Kremmling and the Dice Hill area south of Kremmling. Stage 1 fire restrictions are already in effect in all lands in Mesa and Garfield counties and on unincorporated and private lands in Summit, Eagle, and Pitkin counties.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors such as predicted weather and amount of current fire activity.

The BLM, White River National Forest, and Summit, Eagle and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Offices will be enforcing the following temporary restrictions:

  • Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e., a metal, in-ground containment structure — fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable).
  • No fires of any type, including charcoal, outside of developed areas.
  • No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation.
  • No use of explosive materials, including explosive targets.
  • No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation.
  • No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order.

Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.

Fire restrictions on these lands will be in place until further notice. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, go to: https://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gjc/fireinfo_restrictions/index.html

Stage 1 fire restrictions

Cache Creek Fire burning southwest of Rifle, Colorado

FIRE INFORMATION:
Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 2,703 acres
Containment: 55%
Firefighters: 86
Location: 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date: 7/28/2018, cause: lightning
Management:Type 3 Incident Management Team

Sept. 20, 3:08 p.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: Cache Creek Fire area closure to be lifted on Friday

RIFLE, Colo. – Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, the Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest will lift the Cache Creek Fire emergency area closure and reopen popular hunting areas and trails. Much of the burned area has cooled, but there is still minimal fire activity in the vicinity of the Cache Creek and Battlement Creek drainages.

The Cache Creek Fire is 55% contained, and it continues to smolder in interior fuels. The fire will remain at current containment due to steep, inaccessible terrain located on the southern portion of the fire. The fire continues to be monitored by local fire managers. The public can expect to see smoke on hot, dry days until a season-ending weather event occurs such as multiple days of rain or snow.

“We are glad to be able to lift this closure ahead of the height of hunting season,” said Sarah Hankens, District Ranger. “We ask that hunters and recreationists avoid the areas where residual smoldering may be occurring. Please be aware that hazards such as tree snags and ash pits exist in burned areas.”

Hunters and others entering recently burned areas should exercise caution and understand that fire can create forest hazards. Fire-weakened trees may fall suddenly, and roots of trees can burn underground creating ash pits that may not be readily visible. Burned forests are especially hazardous in windy conditions.

For more information, visit the White River National Forest alerts and notices.

Aug. 24, 7 p.m. – This will be the final update for the Cache Creek Fire unless otherwise needed. Cache Creek Fire’s (@CacheCreekFire) Facebook page will continue to be periodically updated as needed, if new information becomes available. Please contact the Rifle Ranger District for continued information on the Cache Creek Fire at 970-625-2371.

The Cache Creek Fire received more than 2 inches of rain in the last seven days, which greatly reduced fire activity. Crews have been actively monitoring the containment line along the northern flank of the fire as safety allowed.

For a video of the public meeting last night, visit the Cache Lake Fire Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CacheCreekFire/ Hosted by Public Affairs Officer Kate Jerman, information was shared by Incident Commander trainee CW Portell, Operations Section Chief Jim Genung, and District Ranger Sarah Hankens. They provided an update of the Cache Creek Fire’s current status and plans for moving forward with resources on the ground.

The remaining firefighters will continue to patrol, monitor, and take actions as necessary using the risk management process to ensure existing lines are holding/maintained to protect values at risk. Despite heavy rainfall, long term drought conditions create the potential for ongoing fire activity.

The weather outlook is for an upper level flow to turn to the southwest. Thunderstorms will develop over Battlement Mesa during the afternoon and evening. In between storms, expect partly cloudy skies, terrain-driven winds, and slightly below normal temperature.

We thank the communities of Parachute, Battlement Mesa, and Rifle for their ongoing support!

 

Aug. 21, 11 a.m. – We are hosting a public meeting at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 6 PM. The public meeting is an opportunity for the incident management team to provide an update on the Cache Creek Fire and to answer residents’ questions.

Firefighters have been working directly on the fire edge in the northwestern portion of the fire area for the last two days. Today’s focus is to complete handline between Cache Creek Road to the dozer line on the Battlement Jeep Trail. Firefighters are taking advantage of the precipitation that materialized out of storms passing through the region today. The spot fire that was highly visible from Battlement Mesa, Parachute, and Rifle Friday evening is currently about 10 acres. Helicopters dropped water on the spot fire most of the day yesterday to reduce risk of fire spread. Fire managers continue to employ the appropriate strategies and tactics to reduce firefighter risk exposure and impacts to residents and private landowners.

The area of high pressure will shift to the southeast by Tuesday, allowing deeper moisture to move into the region from the southwest. A few embedded disturbances will track across the area Tuesday evening and again Wednesday evening. These disturbances will lead to an increase in shower and thunderstorm activity both Tuesday and Wednesday with activity continuing through the overnight hours both nights. Expect brief heavy rain, gusty outflow winds to 40 mph and frequent lightning possible with storms. Small hail could occur in the stronger storms, especially late Tuesday. Conditions dry out Thursday behind the latest passing wave, leading to a downturn in storm activity with some afternoon storms possible over the higher terrain through the end of the week.

Three major challenges remain: the potential for thunderstorm activity with erratic outflow winds, fuel conditions due to drought, and firefighting resource availability.

Aug. 19, 9:55 a.m. – We want to thank communities and businesses throughout Garfield County for the donations in support of our Firefighters. Sarah Hankens, District Ranger for the Rifle Ranger District in White River National Forest stated, “I am so thankful and proud of our community for their generous outpouring of contributions to our Firefighters.” Firefighters have everything they need. If you would still like to donate, please consider donating directly to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at https://wffoundation.org/. The Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families.

A spot fire was highly visible from Battlement Mesa, Parachute, and Rifle Friday evening and overnight, which caused concern for many residents and visitors. Fire may remain visible on the hillside as conditions dry. The spot fire is continually being assessed and monitored through the weekend. This weekend’s operations will focus on taking advantage of moisture from Saturday morning rain and securing the western flank of the fire to reduce impacts to private residents and landowners. As needed, helicopter drops will focus on cooling the fire in areas where firefighters need to gain access, as well as providing an aerial platform to monitor fire activity and spread.

Three major challenges remain: the potential for thunderstorm activity with erratic outflow winds, fuel conditions due to drought, and firefighting resource availability. Erratic outflow winds from thunderstorm activity continue to impact suppression efforts. Fuels in the area are exceptionally dry, near record lows. This significantly contributes to fire spread. Resource availability is limited due to the number of fires nationally.

TO GET EVACUATION NOTICES, REGISTER FOR THE GARFIELD COUNTY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM AT WWW.GARCO911.ORG.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CacheCreekFire
Twitter: @WhiteRiverNews
Fire information line: 970-984-8839
Email: cachecreekfire2018@gmail.com
Rifle Ranger Station:
970-625-2371
#CacheCreekFire

 

Aug. 17 – 6:54 p.m.Type 3 Incident Management Team release
“Remain diligent, focused, and continue to make risk-based decisions for firefighter safety.” – Briefing message from Stewart Robertson, Incident Commander trainee

A public meeting was held yesterday evening at Battlement Mesa to update the community on the status of the Cache Creek Fire. The message for firefighters following the public meeting by Incident Commander trainee, Stewart Robertson was, “Remain diligent, focused, and continue to make risk-based decisions for firefighter safety.” Today’s operations will focus on securing the western flank of the fire to reduce impacts to private residents and landowners. Helicopter drops will focus on cooling the fire in areas where firefighters need to gain access, as well as providing an aerial platform to monitor fire spread.

Three major challenges remain: the potential for thunderstorm activity with erratic outflow winds, fuel conditions due to drought, and firefighting resource availability. Erratic outflow winds from thunderstorm activity continue to impact. Fuels in the area are exceptionally dry, near record lows. This significantly contributes to fire spread. Resource availability is limited due to the number of fires nationally.

Moisture will linger Friday into Saturday, before being flushed out by Sunday. This will lead to afternoon shower and thunderstorm activity. Wetting rain will be more likely Saturday afternoon. Temperature will be near 70 and relative humidity will be 22-27% at peak heating.


Aug. 16 – 10:51 a.m. –
 Type 3 Incident Management Team post: Cache Creek Fire public meeting
6 p.m., 8/16/18 Grand Valley Fire Protection Station 1 0124 Stone Quarry Road, Parachute.

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 
2,520 acres
Containment: 40%
Firefighters:
 62
Location:
8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date:
7/28/2018
Management:
Type 3 Incident Management Team

Summary: Three major challenges on the Cache Creek Fire are the potential for thunderstorm activity with erratic outflow winds, fuel conditions due to drought, and firefighting resource availability. Erratic outflow winds from thunderstorm activity have contributed to spread of the fire to the north and west over the last three days. Fuels in the area are exceptionally dry, near record lows. This significantly contributes to fire spread. Resource availability is limited due to the number of fires nationally.

Most of today’s operations will focus on containing north and west divisions of the fire, to prevent the spread to lower mesas. Dozers will continue to build and strengthen containment lines from Cache Creek Road over the ridge to the Battlement Creek drainage. In addition to the main dozer line, a contingency line has been implemented in higher risk areas. Helicopter drops will focus on cooling the fire in areas where firefighters need to gain access, as well as providing an aerial platform to monitor fire spread.

The combination of atmospheric instability and minimal moisture and supports development of mostly dry afternoon, or early evening thunderstorms with strong, gusty outflow winds to around 40 mph. Temperatures will be in the mid-70’s to low 80’s and relative humidity will fall to 18-24%.

For Cache Creek Fire Information: Call (970) 984-8839.

TO GET EVACUATION NOTICES, REGISTER FOR THE GARFIELD COUNTY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM AT WWW.GARCO911.ORG.

Aug. 15 – 4:39 p.m. – Type 3 Incident Management Team post: Cache Creek Fire meeting in Parachute, Thursday, Aug. 16

There will be a Cache Creek Fire Public Meeting tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District Station #1 in Parachute, CO. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m..

Grand Valley Fire Protection District Station #1
0124 Stone Quarry Road
Parachute, CO

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Aug. 15 – 8:30 a.m. –  Type 3 Incident Management Team release

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 
2,544 acres
Containment: 40%
Firefighters:
 86
Location:
8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date:
7/28/2018
Management:
Type 3 Incident Management Team

Summary: Crews took advantage of cloudy skies and higher humidity to build new containment lines on the Cache Creek Fire. Two hand crews, 2 Garfield County bulldozers, 2 engines, a water tender and two Colorado National Guard Blackhawk worked throughout the day to suppress the fire that crossed containment lines Sunday and Monday. The line was strengthened in the Cache Creek drainage east of Cache Creek Road. West of Cache Creek Road new lines were scouted and initial dozer construction to the ridge. The fire crossed into the Battlement Creek drainage and managers gathered intelligence to develop a plan to contain it. Garfield County Sheriff pre-evacuation notice for six structures near the fire remains in effect. An abandoned structure located in Cache Creek was lost to the fire on Sunday.
Today, crews will work on further line construction using crews, engines and helicopters on the west flank in upper Cottonwood Creek. Firefighters will continue using helicopter water drops on the fire burning high above the Battlement Creek drainage. Firefighters will begin containment Firefighters will also be monitoring other containment lines watching for spot fires across the line.
High pressure aloft will keep our skies partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of storms that may produce gusty outflow winds. Over the fire, expect temperatures in the mid-70s to lower 80s and low relative humidity near 20%. Tonight and Thursday will be mostly cloudy with possible thunderstorms with gusty/erratic wind. Night-time lows of 47-57 and highs on Wednesday of 74-83.
Smoke is likely over the area today. People with special respiratory needs should continue to monitor the air and take precautions for their comfort and health. For more information about wildfire smoke, please visit here.
An emergency area closure remains in place for parts of the White River National Forest. Travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371. The emergency area closure may be viewed on their website. It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website.

Aug. 14 – 9:50 a.m. – Inciweb post:

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 
2,500 acres
Containment: 40%
Firefighters:
 82
Location:
8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date:
7/28/2018
Management:
Type 3 Incident Management Team

Summary:

Crews worked throughout the day to contain the spot fire that started Sunday evening in the Cache Creek drainage. A helicopter dropped water to cool the fire’s edge so crews and dozers could work to build a new containment line. About 1 PM outflow winds from a storm caused another spot fire on the west side of the fire. This fire was burning in a bowl east of Battlement Reservoir Road and produced a large smoke column. About 5:30 PM, rain over the fire slowed fire activity and the column dissipated with heavy smoke settling into the valley. Garfield County Sheriff implemented a pre-evacuation notice for only six structures near the fire.

Today, crews will continue building containment lines to keep the fire spreading further north. Two crews, 2 Garfield County bulldozers, 2 engines,4 water tenders and two Colorado National Guard Blackhawk helicopters will be working the fire. Fire managers will be flying the fire to help develop a new plan to safely confine and contain the fire in the Battlement Creek drainage. Firefighters will also be monitoring other containment lines watching for spot fires across the line.

Gusty and erratic outflow winds to around 40 mph are possible with widely scattered storms through Wednesday. Over the fire, expect temperatures in the mid-70s to lower 80s and relative humidity of 22-27%. Tonight, and Wednesday expect mostly cloudy skies and possible thunderstorms with gusty/erratic wind. Night-time lows of 47-56 and highs on Wednesday of 72-80.

Smoke is likely over the area today. People with special respiratory needs should continue to monitor the air and take precautions for their comfort and health. For more information about wildfire smoke, please visit here.

An emergency area closure remains in place for parts of the White River National Forest. Travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371. The emergency area closure may be viewed on their website. It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website.

Aug. 13 – 9:29 a.m. – Type 3 Incident Management Team release

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 
1,717 acres
Containment: 60%
Firefighters:
 82
Location:
8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date:
7/28/2018
Management:
Type 3 Incident Management Team

Summary: Last evening outflow winds from passing storms caused a spot fire across the line on the northwest edge of the fire above Cache Creek Road. Because of darkness, terrain, and intensity, it was not safe for crews to engage this spot fire last night. Grand Valley Fire Protection District firefighters and engines were providing structure protection north of the fire. Before the spot fire, containment was at 60% and acreage was 1,717. During the day crews patrolling and monitoring the fire were able to contain several spot fires near the line.

Today, crews will evaluate the spot fire and develop a plan to safely work to contain it. Two engines, two crews, Garfield County bulldozers, a water tender, and helicopters are assisting with these firefighting efforts. Firefighters will also be monitoring other containment lines watching for spot fires across the line.

A few high based showers/storms were in the area Sunday. Temperatures over the fire were in the mid-70s to lower 80s and relative humidity was 12-15%. Today, widely scattered storms are expected in the area with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and relative humidity in the upper teens to near 20%. Outflow winds are possible from area storms. A better chance for showers and storms is likely on Tuesday and Wednesday. Increased clouds/moisture will allow temperatures to trend down a few degrees and humidity to slowly trend up.

The area may see smoke from regional fires through mid-week. People with special respiratory needs should continue to monitor the air and take precautions for their comfort and health. For more information about wildfire smoke, please visit here.

An emergency area closure remains in place for parts of the White River National Forest. Travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371. The emergency area closure may be viewed on their website. It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website.

Aug. 12 – 8:30 a.m. – Type 3 Incident Management Team release

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 
1,611 acres
Containment: 60%
Firefighters:
 104
Location:
8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date:
7/28/2018
Management:
Type 3 Incident Management Team

Summary: Firefighters concentrated their efforts in patrolling the fireline to watch for spot fires especially near the burnout operation conducted Friday evening. The two crews patrolling and monitoring the fire were able to contain several spot fires near the line. Containment is now 60% and acreage remains at 1,611 although this will probably increase after our next infrared flight. A number of resources were sent to assist with the Cabin Lake Fire.
Today, crews will continue working to strengthen the line and watch for spotting across the line. Two engines, three crews, and helicopters are available to assist with firefighting efforts. The primary objective of firefighters is to patrol, monitor and take appropriate actions to keep the fire from crossing containment line. As fire activity decreases, crews are beginning to identify and remove excess equipment from the fire.
A few high based showers were around Saturday with temps in the mid-70s to near 80, minimum relative humidity (RH) was 17-22%. Today there will be an increasing chance for T-storms/showers and relative humidity increases a few percent. Gusty outflow winds are possible that will test the containment lines across the fire. Monday through Wednesday the chance of storms increases. More clouds will result in slightly lower temperatures and slightly higher RH.
The area should see smoke from regional fires through the weekend. People with special respiratory needs should continue to monitor the air and take precautions for their comfort and health. For more information about wildfire smoke, please visit here.
An emergency area closure is still in place for parts of the White River National Forest. Travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371. The emergency area closure may be viewed on their website. It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website.

Aug. 11 – 8:30 a.m. – Type 3 Incident Management Team release

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 
1,611 acres
Containment:56%
Firefighters:
 104
Location:
8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date:
7/28/2018
Management:
Type 3 Incident Management Team

Firefighters conducted a 15-acre burnout operation on the southeast edge of the fire to strengthen the containment line. A 20-person crew assisted the Smoky Bear Hotshots in patrolling and monitoring the fire along the containment lines before the burnout operation. Containment remains at 56% and acreage increased to 1,611.

Today crews will continue working along the east side of the fire to strengthen the line and watch for spotting across the line. Working in the hot and dry weather and elevation over 10,000 feet is taxing on the firefighters. Three engines and helicopters are available to assist with firefighting efforts. The primary objective of firefighters is to patrol, monitor and take appropriate actions to keep the fire from crossing containment line.

The upper level high pressure system will move closer today and ridgetop winds will be light from the northwest. Minimum humidity will be less than 20% with a chance of isolated showers over the area later in the day. Temperatures will remain warm under partly sunny skies. Temperatures over the fire will reach the low-80s, with northwest winds 4 to 6 mph with gusts near 10 mph.

The area should see less smoke from regional fires through the weekend. People with special respiratory needs should continue to monitor the air and take precautions for their comfort and health. For more information about wildfire smoke, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.html.

An emergency area closure is still in place for parts of the White River National Forest. Travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371. The emergency area closure may be viewed on their website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138. It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052.

Aug. 10 – 8:59 a.m. –  Type 3 Incident Management Team release

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 1,596 acres
Containment: 56%
Firefighters: 104
Location: 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date: 7/28/2018
Management: Type 3 Incident Management Team

Summary: Firefighters had a successful day on the Cache Creek Fire patrolling and monitoring the fire along the containment lines where they extinguished two spot fires from the previous burnout operation. Containment remains at 56% and acreage increased to 1,596.

Today a second 20-person crew will be working along the east side of the fire to strengthen the line and watch for spotting across the line. The work is made harder by hot and dry weather and elevation over 10,000 feet. Firefighters are supported by three engines and helicopters as needed. The primary objective of firefighters is to patrol, monitor and take appropriate actions to keep the fire from crossing containment line.

The upper level high pressure system will move further east today and bring slightly higher humidity and a chance of isolated showers over the area. Temperatures will remain warm under partly sunny skies. Temperatures over the fire will reach the low-80s, with northeast winds 7 to 11 mph with gusts near 18 mph.

The area should see less smoke from regional fires through the weekend. People with special respiratory needs should continue to monitor the air and take precautions for their comfort and health. For more information about wildfire smoke, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.html.

An emergency area closure is still in place for parts of the White River National Forest. Travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371. The emergency area closure may be viewed on their website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138. It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052.

Rocky Mountain IMT - Blue
Aug. 9 – 10:30 a.m. – Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue press release

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 1,594 acres
Containment: 56%
Firefighters: 214
Location: 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date: 7/28/2018
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Summary: Firefighters continue to make gains at Cache Creek Fire, increasing containment to 56% by extinguishing hot spots along the fire’s north edge. Previous burnout operations were successful and have increased acreage to 1,594 while reinforcing fireline constructed by equipment and crews.

Hard work despite hot and dry weather have resulted in an incident with decreasing complexity. With containment increasing, the Cache Creek Fire is now being managed by a Type-3 incident management team.  Firefighting resources will remain to further increase containment on the Cache Creek Fire, including hand crews, heavy equipment as needed, and engines. The primary objective of firefighters is to patrol, monitor and take appropriate actions to keep the fire from crossing containment line.

The high-pressure system remains over the area with high temperatures and low humidity.  Wildfire smoke may be visible as a light haze throughout the day.  Local and regional smoke may be dense as it settles at night and during cooler temperatures.  People with special respiratory needs should take precautions for their comfort and health. For more information about wildfire smoke, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.html.

Warm, dry air has settled over the region, with light winds and clear skies. Temperatures over the fire will reach the mid-80s, and north winds will be around 10 mph with gusts near 16 mph.

An emergency area closure is still in place for parts of the White River National Forest. Travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371. The emergency area closure may be viewed on their website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138.  It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052.

 

Aug. 8 – 10:04 a.m.  Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue press release

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 1,535 acres
Containment: 23%
Firefighters: 258
Location: 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date: 7/28/2018
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Firefighters continue to make gains at Cache Creek Fire, increasing containment to 23% by extinguishing hot spots along the fire’s north edge. Successful burnout operations have increased acreage to 1,535 while reinforcing fireline constructed by equipment and crews.

Hard work and weather have resulted in an incident with decreasing complexity. With containment increasing, the Cache Creek Fire will be managed by a Type-3 incident management team beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, August 9th. Firefighting resources will remain to further increase containment on the Cache Creek Fire, including hand crews, heavy equipment, and engines.

A strong high-pressure system has brought smoke from wildfires in California and the desert southwest. Area fires remain active as vegetation continues to dry. Wildfire smoke will be visible as a light haze throughout the day. Smoke may be dense as it settles at night and during cooler temperatures. People with special respiratory needs should take precautions for their comfort and health. For more information about wildfire smoke, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.html.

Warm, dry air has settled over the region, with light winds and clear skies. Temperatures will reach the low-80s, and northwesterly winds will be around 10 mph with 14-mph gusts.
An emergency area closure is still in place for parts of the White River National Forest. Travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371.

The emergency area closure may be viewed on their website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138. It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052.
Pre-evacuations remain in place along Battlement Creek Reservoir Road and portions of Cache Creek Road. For specific information about Cache Creek Fire evacuations, please call (970) 665-0207. The public is asked to heed all evacuations, closures, and restrictions to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Aug. 7 – 8:37 a.m. – Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue press release

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 1,425 acres
Containment: 14%
Firefighters: 306
Location: 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date: 7/28/2018
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Summary: Firefighters have increased containment of the Cache Creek Fire to 14%. Crews remain dedicated as they continue to monitor the fire’s perimeter and extinguish hot spots. Warmer, dry weather is expected to increase fire activity, and safety is the foremost priority for incident management. The public should expect to see smoke from within the interior of Cache Creek Fire.

Successful burnout operations provided additional reinforcement of constructed fireline between Houston Mountain and Mamm Peak. Crews there are closely monitoring fire activity. Heavy equipment continues to widen fireline along the west flank and rehabilitation of some fireline has begun. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, the Cache Creek Fire will be managed by a local Type-3 incident management team.

Temperatures today will reach the mid-80s with humidity decreasing to the low teens. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 5-8 mph and gusts will reach 16 mph. Smoke will be increasingly visible as temperatures warm.

An emergency area closure is still in place for parts of the White River National Forest. Travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371. The emergency area closure may be viewed on its website. It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website.

Pre-evacuations remain in place along Battlement Creek Reservoir Road and portions of Cache Creek Road. For specific information about Cache Creek Fire evacuations, please call (970) 665-0207. The public is asked to heed all evacuations, closures, and restrictions to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CacheCreekFire/
Fire Information – Phone: 970-984-8839
Email: cachecreekfire2018@gmail.com
Call Center Hours of Operation: 7 am – 9 pm

 

Aug. 6 – 7:53 a.m. – Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue press release

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 1,425 acres
Containment: 5%
Firefighters: 337
Location: 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date: 7/28/2018
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Summary: Recent thunderstorms have brought rain and increased humidity over the Cache Creek Fire, tempering fire activity and slowing growth. Containment of the Cache Creek Fire remains at 5% and acreage has decreased slightly as mapping has become more accurate. Firefighter and public safety are the primary concern for incident management.

Some equipment and resources have been released to other wildfires; however, the Cache Creek Fire remains in full suppression. Firefighters will continue to suppress the fire when safe and efficient. Along the fire’s north flank, fireline is complete between Cache Creek Road and Houston Mountain. On the west and east flanks, equipment lines are complete, and crews are improving fireline in rough terrain by removing vegetation and extinguishing hot spots.

Skies will be clear today as a high-pressure system is bringing temperatures to the mid-80s and humidity in the low teens. Winds will be westerly at 5-10 mph, gusting to 20 mph. Smoke continues to be visible throughout the region.

Parts of the White River National Forest are closed to public use because of the Cache Creek Fire; travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371. The emergency area closure may be viewed on its website. It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website.

The public is asked to heed all evacuations, closures, and restrictions to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire. Pre-evacuations remain in place along Battlement Creek Reservoir Road and portions of Cache Creek Road. For specific information about Cache Creek Fire evacuations, please call (970) 665-0207.

Aug. 5 – 8:52 a.m. –  Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue press release

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 1,441 acres
Containment: 5%
Firefighters: 337
Location: 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date: 7/28/2018
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Summary: Containment of the Cache Creek Fire has grown to 5%, as firefighters continue to construct and secure fireline. The Cache Creek Fire remains along Cache Creek, between Doghead Mountain and Houston Mountain. Firefighter and public safety are top priorities for incident management, and crews continue to engage the Cache Creek fire only when safe to do so.

Parts of the White River National Forest are closed to public use because of the Cache Creek Fire; travel and recreation is prohibited within the closure area. For any questions about the emergency area closure, please contact the Rifle Ranger District by phone at 970-625-2371. The emergency area closure may be viewed on their website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138. It is also available on the Cache Creek incident website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052.

Additional heavy equipment has arrived to support fire operations between Cache Creek Road and Battlement Trail and south of Houston Mountain. After heavy equipment removes flammable vegetation, firefighters are clearing brush and digging handline. Preparations continue for possible burnout operations in the next days. Air resources are available for support and reconnaissance.

As this morning’s storms pass, the temperature will reach the upper 70s with humidity reaching the upper teens. Southwest winds will maintain 15-20 mph and may gust up to 30 mph. A small chance of rain may develop with the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms and evening showers.

The public is asked to heed all evacuations, closures, and restrictions to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire. Pre-evacuations remain in place along Battlement Creek Reservoir Road and portions of Cache Creek Road. For specific information about Cache Creek Fire evacuations, please call (970) 665-0207.

Aug. 4 – 8:51 a.m. –  Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue press release

Summary: Cooler temperatures, light rains and higher humidity slowed fire growth on The Cache Creek Fire yesterday. However, pockets of heavy, dead timber will continue to burn in the fire’s interior. Smoke will become increasingly visible as skies clear and temperatures warm.

Firefighters have made significant progress creating fireline around much of the Cache Creek Fire. As firelines cool and firefighters extinguish hotspots, incident managers anticipate increasing containment in the next days.

Where fireline has been constructed, crews are monitoring conditions for potential burnout operations. Firefighters constructed handline south of Houston Mountain, working over a quarter-mile toward Mamm Peak. Fireline construction continues north of Mamm Peak today. Heavy equipment continues to arrive; bulldozers, masticators, and skidders are clearing vegetation along the northwest flank. Infrastructure teams are monitoring properties nearest the fire, and air resources are assisting crews as needed. Three type-1 helitankers, two type-2 helicopters, and two type-3 helicopters are currently available for the Cache Creek Fire.

Warm, dry weather returns today with temperatures reaching into the low 80s and humidity around 22%. Winds will be from the southwest at 10-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Scattered showers and thunderstorms may develop this afternoon, bringing lightning, localized rain, and wind gusts of up to 30 mph.

The public is asked to heed all evacuations, closures, and restrictions to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire. Pre-evacuations remain in place along Battlement Creek Reservoir Road and portions of Cache Creek Road. For specific information about Cache Creek Fire evacuations, please call (970) 665-0207.

An emergency area closure is in effect for parts of the Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest. It may be viewed at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052 or https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138.

Aug. 3, 2018 – 9:19 a.m.Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue press release

Rifle Ranger District, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 1,342 acres
Containment: 0%
Firefighters: 279
Location: 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date: 7/28/2018
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Summary: The Cache Creek Fire remains north of Battlement Trail and southwest of Houston Mountain. Hard work in rough terrain has produced gains in fireline construction around much of the fire’s perimeter, with no injuries reported. Safety of firefighters and the public is the first priority for the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team.

Cache Creek Fire information staff hosted a community meeting yesterday, with over 120 people in attendance. Operations and command staff summarized progress made, tactics used, and planning strategies. Most notably, community support for firefighters was expressed. Incident Commander Jay Esperance observed, “Overwhelmingly, this community’s encouragement is apparent to our firefighters.”

South of Houston Mountain, crews have constructed fireline and are working toward North Mamm Peak. Along the fire’s west edge, crews are reinforcing a dozer line between Cache Creek Road and Battlement Trail. Crews have constructed containment line and placed hose along the north flank; burnout operations may occur today as conditions permit.

The potential for spotting is reduced today, but tree torching is likely within the fire’s perimeter. Heavy smoke may be visible as far east as Glenwood Springs.

Temperatures are expected to be cooler today, reaching the upper 70s with winds of 5-10 mph. Increased cloud cover and moisture will bring relative humidity into the mid-20s with an increasing chance for thunderstorms mid-day and later this afternoon. Thunderstorms may bring dangerous lightning, localized rain, and outflow wind gusts of up to 35 mph.

The public is asked to heed all evacuations, closures, and restrictions to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Pre-evacuations remain in place along Battlement Creek Reservoir Road and portions of Cache Creek Road. For specific information about Cache Creek Fire evacuations, please call (970) 665-0207.

An emergency area closure is in effect for parts of the Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest. It may be viewed at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052 or https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138.

 

Aug. 2, 2018 – 10:32 a.m. – Inciweb post: Cache Creek Fire at 1,342 acres

Clouds and smoke brought cooler temperatures to the Cache Creek fire yesterday, limiting growth to the Cache Creek drainage southeast of Doghead Mountain and north of Battlement Trail. The current acreage is 1,342 acres. Firefighter and public safety remain the most important priority for incident personnel.
A community meeting will be held tonight at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District, 124 Stone Quarry Road in Parachute, CO. Public Information Officers will be available to answer questions at 5:30 p.m.; at 6:00 pm, Incident Management personnel will provide an update on the fire.
Crews continue to strengthen fireline between Houston Mountain and Cache Creek Road, where structure protection crews are placing hose in preparation for possible burnout operations.

Air resources have placed water drops at Houston Mountain, where hotshot crews are constructing fireline south toward Mamm Peak. Fire personnel continue to monitor the south edges of the fire as it approaches rocky outcrops and lighter fuels. Along the west and northwest flanks, teams continue to construct fireline, using logging trails where possible. Structure protection continues on Battlement Creek Reservoir Road. One Type 1 (large) helicopter, a Type 2 (medium) helicopter, and a Type 3 helicopter remain to support ground resources.

As the fire burns in pockets of dry mixed conifers, heavy smoke will be visible. Tree torching is likely within the fire’s perimeter, and the potential for spotting remains.

Warm, dry weather will continue through this week. Today, temperatures will warm into the mid-80s with relative humidity dropping into the mid-teens. Downslope winds are expected to reach 5-10 mph. This afternoon, winds will shift upslope, with gusting to 12 mph. A slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms may bring brief rainfall and 30-mph wind gusts.

Evacuations remain in place along Battlement Creek Reservoir Road and portions of Cache Creek Road. An emergency area closure is in effect for parts of the Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest. It may be viewed at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052 or https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138. The public is asked to heed all evacuations, closures, and restrictions to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Aug. 1, – 10:26 a.m. – Inciweb post: Cache Creek Fire update

Summary: Yesterday, crews spent a large portion of the day scouting and assessing safe access points for firefighters. Crews started to scout from Battlement Creek Trail to the east along the southwest flank of the fire but had to leave the area due to an increase in fire behavior.

Along the eastern flank of the fire, a private landowner constructed dozer line and crews increased that line by constructing handline to the north and south. Helicopters dropped retardant on this area to help secure the newly constructed lines. Crews located along the north and west flanks of the fire, worked to protect structures and scouted access points for heavy equipment near Houston Mountain, Doghead Mountain, and Battlement Mesa.

Last night the fire activity remained low and the spread of the fire was minimal compared to the previous night. The fire continues to burn in steep, rugged terrain with a substantial amount of dead and down timber within the fire perimeter.

Today, heavy equipment and hand crews will work west from Houston Mountain and south towards North Mamm Peak to limit the spread of the fire. A feller buncher will be used on the eastern flank of the fire to cut and clear the heavy spruce fir fuels.

All engines assigned to the fire will work to identify and develop protection plans for structures within close proximity to the fire. Air resources will be the same as yesterday with three Type 1 (large) and two Type 2 (medium) helicopters dropping water in the area.

The hot, dry weather pattern will continue for the remainder of this week. Forecasted weather for today is for highs 87-92 degrees in the valley with temperatures on the fire 69-74 degrees. Relative humidity will be 8-14% with winds out of the northwest 8-14mph, gusting to 30 mph in the afternoon. There is a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms after 1 p.m.

Four structures were evacuated on Battlement Creek Reservoir Road. The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest has implemented an emergency area closure for the Cache Creek Fire. It may be viewed at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052. The public is asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

A new fire information phone number has been established for the public to call, that number is 970-984-8839.

Aug. 1, 8:40 a.m. – Inciweb post: The Cache Creek Fire is at 995 acres.

July 31, 9:30 am – Press release from Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team
Rifle Ranger District
, White River National Forest area closure: 970-625-2371
Fire size today: 400 acres (growth expected)
Containment: 0%
Firefighters: 150
Location: 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado
Fire start date: 7/28/2018
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Summary: The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team assumed command of the Cache Creek Fire from the local type 3 organization at 6:00 am this morning. “During the initial response to the Cache Creek Fire, the local team made public and firefighter safety their top priority. Our team will continue that objective as the rough terrain and limited access will make fighting this fire a challenge,” said Jay Esperance, Incident Commander of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team.

Yesterday, fire crews worked to connect areas of rocky scree with handline on the western side of the lightning-caused Cache Creek Fire. Two Type 1 helicopters assisted resources on the ground by conducting water drops from the Battlement Mesa Reservoir. Fire activity remained moderate until approximately 5:00 pm, when the southern side of the fire became more active. The fire remained active overnight, moving to the west and crossing Cache Creek.

Today, firefighters will scout the fire perimeter to identify safe access points and hazards in the fire area, as well as begin structure protection on Battlement Creek Reservoir Road. In addition to the two Type 1 (large) helicopters, a Type 2 (medium) helicopter will also be available to support ground resources in this effort.

The fire continues to burn in steep, rugged terrain with a substantial amount of dead and down timber within the fire perimeter. Observed fire activity has been torching of subalpine fir, which then throw spots ahead of the fire.

The hot, dry weather pattern will continue for the remainder of this week. Forecasted weather for today is for highs 87-92 degrees in the valley with temperatures on the fire 69-74 degrees. Relative humidity will be 8-14% with winds out of the northwest 8-14 mph, gusting to 25 mph in the afternoon. There is a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms.

Structures have been evacuated on Battlement Creek Reservoir Road.

The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest has implemented an emergency area closure for the Cache Creek Fire. It may be viewed at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138 or at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052.

The public is asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

 

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July 30, 1:33 pm – Cache Creek Fire update from Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit

Cache Creek Fire morning briefing July 30, 2018

 Fire: Cache Creek Fire  Containment: 0%
Acres: estimated over 200 acres Location: approx. 8 miles southwest of Rifle
Cause: Unknown Start Date: evening of July 28
Total Personnel: 50 Fuels/Topography: heavy timber

Update: Crews and aerial resources continue to suppress the Cache Creek Fire burning approximately 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colo. in heavy dead and down fuels on White River National Forest lands in Garfield County.

The fire is active and burning in steep and rugged terrain and access for firefighters on the ground has been challenging. Crews are working to establish safe anchor points from which to build fire line to prevent spread toward values at risk. Yesterday, air resources concentrated efforts on the east and north flanks using a water-enhancing gel and water drops to check the spread of the fire.

The fire is actively burning and torching in heavy fuels and spotting and growing to the east. Private land with three structures and private oil and gas infrastructure is located approximately 2 miles north and downhill of the fire; additionally private oil and gas infrastructure is located two miles to the east of the fire. While not threatened at this time, firefighters and District staff continue to work closely to coordinate with landowners and oil and gas companies in the area.

Currently, two engines, two Type 2 hand crews, and two Type 1 helicopters are working to suppress this fire. The helicopters are conducting water dips at Battlement Mesa Reservoir, please avoid the area while suppression operations take place.

A new fire information phone number has been established for the public to call, that number is 970-984-8839.

Due to growing complexity, location, and size, a Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered for the Cache Creek Fire and a transition is expected to occur within the next few days.

Smoke: Smoke is visible from the I-70 corridor in Rifle, Parachute and Rulison. Please do not call 911. For information on smoke visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx

Evacuations: There are no evacuations at this time.

Closures: There are no closures at this time however, helicopter operations are ongoing at Battlement Mesa Reservoir, please avoid the area. 

No Fly Zone: Aerial operations are ongoing. Please refrain from flying drones in the area. Remember, if you fly, we can’t. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverNF/
Twitter: @WhiteRiverNews
Cache Creek Fire Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052/Fire Information phone: 970-984-8839
#CacheCreekFire

 

July 29, 7:48 pm – Cache Creek Fire evening update post by Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit
Map of fire location

Fire: Cache Creek Fire Containment: 0%
Acres: estimated over 100 acres with multi-mission aircraft flight scheduled for more accurate mapping Start Date: evening of July 28
Cause: Unknown Location: approx. 8 miles southwest of Rifle, CO
Total Personnel: 50 Fuels/Topography: heavy timber

Update: Crews and aerial resources continue to respond to the Cache Creek Fire burning approximately 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colo. in heavy dead and down fuels on White River National Forest lands in Garfield County. The fire was initially called in at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the evening of July 28, but due to lack of visibility, crews began suppression operations on the fire early this morning.

The fire is active and burning in steep and rugged terrain and access for firefighters on the ground has been challenging. Firefighters are working to establish a safe anchor point to work from. Today, air resources concentrated efforts on the east and north flanks using a water-enhancing gel and water drops to check the spread of the fire.

The fire is actively burning and torching in heavy fuels and spotting and growing to the east. Private land with three structures and private oil and gas infrastructure is located approximately 2 miles north and downhill of the fire; additionally private oil and gas infrastructure is located two miles to the east of the fire on private land. These areas are not threatened at this time. Firefighters and District staff continue to work closely and coordinate with landowners and oil and gas companies in the area.

Currently, two engines; two Type 2 hand crews; two Type 1 helicopters; 1 air attack platform and three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) are working the fire.

Helicopters are conducting water dips at Battlement Mesa Reservoir, please avoid the area while suppression operations take place.

The Cache Creek Fire has transitioned from a Type 4 to a Type 3 Incident Command Structure.

There will be another update tomorrow on July 30, 2018. There is now an Inciweb page established for the fire here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052/.

Smoke: Smoke is visible from the I-70 corridor in Rifle, Parachute and Rulison. Please do not call 911. For information on how smoke visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx. 

Evacuations: There are no evacuations at this time. 

Closures: There are no closures at this time however, helicopter operations are ongoing at Battlement Mesa Reservoir, please avoid the area.

No Fly Zone: Aerial operations are ongoing. Please refrain from flying drones in the area. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverNF/
Twitter: @WhiteRiverNews
Cache Creek Fire Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052/
Rifle Ranger District: 970-625-2371
#CacheCreekFire

Cache Creek Fire July 29, 2018

July 29, 2018 – Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit

Fire: Cache Creek Fire Containment: 0%
Acres: approx. 6 Start Date: evening of July 28
Cause: Unknown Location: approx. 8 miles southwest of Rifle, CO
Total Personnel: 50 Fuels/Topography: heavy timber

Response: Crews and aerial resources are responding to the Cache Creek Fire burning in heavy fuels approximately 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colo. on White River National Forest lands in Garfield County. The fire was initially called in at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the evening of July 28, but due to lack of visibility, crews began suppression operations on the fire early this morning.

Currently, 6 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), a Type 1 helicopter and air attack are working to suppress the fire along with two engines and two hand crews. Air resources are concentrating efforts on the north and east flanks of the fire in coordination with ground crews. The fire is active and growing toward the east. No structures are threatened at this time. The helicopter is conducting water dips at Battlement Mesa Reservoir, please avoid the area while suppression operations take place.

Smoke: Smoke is visible from the I-70 corridor in Rifle, Parachute and Rulison. Please do not call 911. For more information on how smoke may affect your health visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx .

Evacuations: There are no evacuations at this time.

Closures: There are no closures at this time. Helicopter operations are ongoing at Battlement Mesa Reservoir, please avoid the area.

No Fly Zone: Aerial operations are ongoing. Please refrain from flying drones in the area. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

Fire information:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverNF/
Twitter: @WhiteRiverNews
Rifle Ranger Station: 970-625-2371
#CacheCreekFire

Cache Creek Fire burning southwest of Rifle, Colorado

Cabin Lake Fire

FIRE INFORMATION:
Website: 
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6057/

Sept. 11 – 10:51 a.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: Cabin Lake Fire 98 percent contained; closures reduced

BUFORD, CO – The Cabin Lake Fire has been burning for 45 days; today, it is 98% contained, and management of the fire will transition from a Type 3 to a local Type 4 organization.

County Road 17/ the Buford-Newcastle Road is open, and Forest Service lands on the west side of the road have re-opened. East of County Road 17, the forest closure will remain in effect from the roadside to the South Fork drainage and to the base of Burro Mountain. The burned area within the fire perimeter will remain closed until containment is complete.

Large sections of the fire perimeter have been mopped up and cooled several hundred feet in from the fire containment line. Fuels remain available within the fire perimeter, and isolated smokes may continue to be visible. Infrared flights have been flown daily; they continue to detect hot spots in the interior. Crews will cool these areas of heat and continue mop up and rehabilitation of containment and contingency line.

Fire can create forest hazards. Fire-weakened trees may fall over many years, and roots of trees can burn underground, creating ash pits that may not be readily visible. Burned forests are especially hazardous in windy conditions. Please respect safety closures and exercise caution.

For more information on the reduced Forest closure area please visit here, or call the Blanco Ranger Station at 970-878-4039.

Aug. 31 – 9 a.m. –  Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team post: Cabin Lake Fire 90 percent contained

Evacuations and Closures Information
Rio Blanco County Dispatch (970) 878-9600
Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s App and Facebook
Rio Blanco County alerts

Fire Information:
Phone: (970) 364-6112
Email: CabinLakeFire2018@gmail.com
Facebook: CabinLakeFireMaps and GIS products

Quick Facts
Structures: No structures are threatened.
Start date July 29, 2018
Fire size: 5,975 acres and 90% contained
Cause: Unknown
Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO
Total personnel: 164

Announcements: As containment increases and fire behavior moderates, there is little news to report. This update will be produced when events of interest occur. Please follow the Cabin Lake Fire on Facebook and Inciweb for current information.

County Road 17 has re-opened; Forest Service lands adjacent to the road remain closed. Firefighters are still working here, and there are many tight, blind corners; please exercise caution and remain aware of traffic. A forest closure will remain in effect for areas beyond the roadside until the fire perimeter is safe for re-entry.

Fire can create forest hazards. Fire-weakened trees may fall in burned areas for many years, and roots of trees can burn underground, creating ash pits that may not be readily visible. Burned forests are especially hazardous in windy conditions. Please respect safety closures.

A permit is required for fuel wood removal; please contact the Blanco Ranger District in Meeker at (970)878-4039. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The office will be closed Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day holiday.

Previous operational period: Crews have achieved 90% containment. Large sections of the fire perimeter have been mopped up and cooled several hundred feet in from the fire containment line. Rehabilitation of containment and contingency line continues to progress.

Planned action: Crews will search for areas of isolated heat and continue mop up and rehabilitation.Fire weather: Moisture will gradually increase ahead of a system passing through early Labor Day weekend. This will lead to isolated showers and thunderstorms on Friday; increasing on Saturday. Chances of afternoon showers and thunderstorms will continue through much of next week.

Restrictions and closures
● An emergency area closure is in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest. For more information on the forest closure, visit here.
● Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect in Rio Blanco County, on BLM lands and on the White River National Forest. Campfires are prohibited everywhere except in constructed fire rings in developed campgrounds.

Aug. 30 – 10 a.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: White River National Forest modifies closure areas for Lake Christine and Cache Creek Fires

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The White River National Forest is modifying the emergency closure orders for both the Lake Christine and Cache Creek Fires. The modified closure orders, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday Aug. 31, 2018, open additional areas to the public that are safe to enter and do not impede firefighter suppression operations.

“Recent rain events and continued progress made by firefighters will allow us to reopen some areas for recreational and hunting access,” said Scott Fitzwilliams, White River Forest Supervisor. “However, there are still closures in place and areas that remain unsafe for people to enter due the high risk of falling trees or smoldering hot spots within the fire perimeters. We appreciate the continued cooperation from the public.”

The White River National Forest will continue to assess the safety of the closed areas outside of the fire perimeters, with potential to open these areas in the coming weeks. The Forest will assess the closure areas inside of the fire perimeters next spring and will determine the safety for potential reopening during spring/summer of 2019.

Modified Closure Area for Cache Creek Fire (Rifle Ranger District): The modified closure area includes the western portion of the Battlement Mesa area between the Battlement Trailhead and Porcupine Creek. This area includes the Battlement Reservoirs, Haystack Mountain, Cache Creek, and North & South Mamm Peaks. The northern and southern edges of the closure area continue to follow the Forest Boundary. The Beaver Creek area is now OPEN.

The following National Forest System roads and trails will remain closed until the closure order is rescinded:

National Forest System Roads Closed: Battlement Road (FSR 847)
National Forest System Trails Closed: Battlement Reservoirs/Lava Creek Trail #2160.5, Battlement Trail #2160 southwest from the Battlement Reservoirs to the White River NF/Grand Mesa NF Forest Boundary (approximately 2.2 trail miles) AND east from the intersection with FSR 847 to North Mamm Peak (approximately 3.5 trail miles)
*Please Note: Beaver Creek Road (FSR 824), Beaver Creek Trailhead, and the Beaver Creek Trail #2164 are now OPEN

VIEW MODIFIED CLOSURE MAP FOR CACHE CREEK FIRE HERE.

Modified Closure Area for Lake Christine Fire (Aspen-Sopris Ranger District): The modified closure area includes the land east of the Forest Service boundary, portions of the Cattle Creek drainage and Basalt Mountain, including the 509 road east of the Forest Service boundary and the trailhead at Basalt Mountain, as well as Cattle Creek and portions of North Fork of Cattle Creek, Thompson Creek, Yeoman Creek and Lola Creek. Additionally, the lower Lone Pine Trail 1913 is closed south of the North Fork of Cattle Creek, preventing trail access from the north. This closure area further includes the Basalt Mountain area north of the Basalt State Wildlife Area from the Forest Service boundary east of High Park to Taylor Creek Pass.

The following National Forest System roads and trails will remain closed until the closure order is rescinded:

National Forest System Roads Closed: Basalt Mountain Road (FSR 524/524.1) and Cattle Creek Road (FSR 509) east of the Forest Service boundary.
National Forest System Trails Closed: Trail No. 1909 west of Toner Reservoir at Taylor Creek Pass; Basalt Mountain Trail No. 1911; Mill Creek Trail; Ditch and Upper Ditch Trail; Blue Creek Flats Trail No. N524.1D; and Lone Pine Trail*(see note below) 1913 in T7 R86 Section 5 south of North Fork Cattle Creek.
*Please Note: The lower loop of the 1913 and 1913.2 is now open providing another loop opportunity for trail users south of the 514 road which means 85% of the Lone Pine Trail system is now open.

VIEW MODIFIED CLOSURE MAP FOR LAKE CHRISTINE FIRE HERE.

The following persons are exempt from these closure orders:

Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.
Any Federal, State or Local Officer or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

For more information: please contact the Rifle Ranger District at (970)-625-2371 or the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District at (970) 963-2266. The White River National Forest will enter into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2018. For more information visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver or follow the White River National Forest on Facebook.

Aug. 30 – 9 a.m.Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team post: Cabin Lake Fire

Evacuations and Closures Information
● Rio Blanco County Dispatch (970) 878-9600
● Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s App and Facebook
● Rio Blanco County alerts

Fire Information

Phone: (970) 364-6112
Email: CabinLakeFire2018@gmail.com
Facebook: CabinLakeFire
Maps and GIS products

Quick Facts
● Structures: No structures are threatened.
● Start date July 29, 2018
● Fire size: 5,975 acres and 85% contained
● Cause: Unknown
● Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO
● Total personnel: 182

Announcements: The Cabin Lake Fire area is under a Red Flag Warning Thursday; critical fire weather is forecast with high temperatures and southwest winds of 15-20 mph.

County Road 17 has re-opened; Forest Service lands adjacent to the road remain closed.

Fuelwood removed during suppression operations is available along the edge of the Buford-Newcastle Road. Firefighters are still working here, and there are many tight, blind corners; please exercise caution and remain aware of traffic. A forest closure will remain in effect for areas beyond the roadside until the fire perimeter is safe for re-entry. A permit is required for fuelwood removal; please contact the Blanco Ranger District in Meeker at (970)878-4039. Office hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The office will be closed Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day holiday.
Previous operational period: Crews made good progress securing containment line and reducing heat on the northern flank. The heat observed on the infrared flight is generally in the uncontained section east of the 2240 trail. Very little smoke was observed.
Planned action: Crews on all flanks of the fire will identify hot spots, mop up and reinforce containment lines. Rehabilitation and repair work will continue on the southern contingency line, and around structures on the north.
Fire weather: Critical fire weather conditions are forecast; a Red Flag Warning is in effect.
Restrictions and closures
● An emergency area closure is in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest. More information on the forest closure.
● Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect in Rio Blanco County, and on BLM lands. The White River National Forest will transition to Stage 1 restrictions at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 31.

Aug. 29 – 9 a.m. – Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team post: Cabin Lake Fire

Evacuations and Closures Information
● Rio Blanco County Dispatch (970) 878-9600
● Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s App and Facebook
● Rio Blanco County alerts

Fire Information

Phone: (970) 364-6112
Email: CabinLakeFire2018@gmail.com
Facebook: CabinLakeFire
Maps and GIS products

Quick Facts
● Structures: No structures are threatened.
● Start date July 29, 2018
● Fire size: 5,975 acres and 82% contained
● Cause: Unknown
● Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO
● Total personnel: 162

Announcements: The Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team transitioned to a Type 3 team under Incident Commander Porter McQueary on Tuesday, August 28.
Fuelwood removed during suppression operations will be available when the Buford-Newcastle Road reopens. The road is currently closed, and a forest closure will remain in effect for areas beyond the road until it the area is safe. A permit is required for fuelwood removal; please contact the Blanco Ranger District in Meeker at (970) 878-4039. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The office will be closed Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day holiday.
Previous operational period: Very few smokes were observed Tuesday, but the fire remains moderately active on the north near Forest Road 240.1 and east of trail 2240.1. Incident Commander McQueary notes, “Rain made the fire appear quiet, but there is still heat in there; this fuel type can make active fire difficult to see.”
Planned action: Crews on all flanks of the fire will identify hot spots and strengthen containment lines, with particular focus on areas in the north near structures. Heavy equipment will continue rehabilitation work on the southern contingency line.
Fire weather: Wednesday, temperatures will be in the low 70s with breezy southwest winds. Thursday, the area will be under a Fire Weather Watch as warm weather continues and potential for gusty winds increases.
Restrictions and closures
● An emergency area closure is in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest. For further information on the Forest Closure visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices.
● Fire restrictions are in effect: contact the Blanco Ranger District at (970) 878-4039 for details.
● County Road 17/ Buford-Newcastle Road is closed: residents may enter with authorization.

Aug. 27, 9 a.m. Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team post: Cabin Lake Fire
82 percent contained

Evacuations and Closures Information

Fire Information

Quick Facts

  • Start date July 29, 2018
  • Structures: No structures are threatened.
  • Fire size: 5,975 acres and 82% contained
  • Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO
  • Cause unknown and under investigation
  • Total personnel: 235

Announcement: County Road 10 is now open to the public, please keep in mind you will still see fire equipment in the area, use extreme caution.

Previous operational period: A few visible smokes were seen across the fire perimeter today. Crews continued to perform mop up throughout the fire area and conduct repair on firelines. A new control line was established from Hazard Creek towards the Burro Mountain Trail.

Planned action: Firefighters will patrol and secure the fire edge along the north and eastern sides of the fire by searching for hot spots and conducting mop-up operations. A Multi Mission Aircraft flight is scheduled for today to help with finding hotspots not visible to crews on the ground. Environmental impacts from suppression efforts are being mitigated and stabilized.

Fire weather: A passing weather disturbance will bring gusty winds and lower humidity’s to the area. This, along with increased drying, will encourage unburned pockets within the fire perimeter to burn and increase visible smoke.

Restrictions and closures

The closure order is still in effect for the area around the Cabin Lake Fire. For further information on the USFS and BLM Closure visit the Forest Service web page at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices.

 

Aug. 25, 9 a.m. Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team post: Cabin Lake Fire
82 percent contained

Evacuations and Closures Information

Fire Information

Quick Facts

  • Start date July 29, 2018
  • Structures: No structures are threatened.
  • Fire size: 5,975 acres and 82% contained
  • Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO
  • Cause unknown and under investigation
  • Total personnel: 296

Previous operational period: Light precipitation fell over the fire yesterday causing minimal fire activity. Heavier fuels (over 3 inches) are continuing to smoke and smolder, with isolated torching of interior trees.

Planned action: Firefighters are continuing to work the fire perimeter and mop up hotspots. Crews are securing fire edge by installing direct containment lines and cold trailing along unsecured lines. Firefighters continue repair work in areas where suppression repair plans have been approved.

Fire weather: Yesterday, up to .20 inches of rain fell across the fire area. Today scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible with temperatures climbing into the mid-70 with minimum humidity in the 30s.

Restrictions and closures:

The Buford-New Castle Road, County Road 17 and South Fork Drainage Road and County Road 10 at the County Road 17 intersection remain closed to the general public while fire personnel and equipment work in the area. Residents with an access permit are allowed past the checkpoint.

 

Aug. 23, 10 a.m. Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team post: Cabin Lake Fire
75 percent contained

Evacuations and Closures Information

Fire Information

Quick Facts

  • Structures: No structures are threatened.
  • Start date July 29, 2018
  • Fire size: 5,967 acres and 75% contained
  • Cause unknown and under investigation
  • Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO
  • Total personnel: 439

 

Announcement: Rio Blanco County will be stepping down to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective Saturday 8/25 @00:01

The Blanco Ranger District and the Bureau of Land Management’s White River Field Office have revised the emergency safety closure area surrounding the Cabin Lake Fire to reflect current conditions.

U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands within the closure area east of West North Elk Creek and west of the South Fork of the White River remain closed between the forest boundary on the north, and Forest Service Road 601 on the south. All USFS and BLM trails and roads within this area are closed to public access. Meadow Lake Campground on the Rifle Ranger District is open and accessible from the south.

The temporary flight restriction has been lifted

Previous operational period: Fuels remain damp from previous rainfall, but are beginning to dry out. Numerous smokes on the northern end of the fire posed no threat to structures.

Planned action: Crews on the northern and eastern edge of the fire will continue to secure containment lines. Firefighters will perform the same work in coordination with chippers on the western and southwestern edges. They will also work with resource advisors to repair and stabilize environmental and cultural impacts fire suppression.

Fire weather: Today, breezy west-southwest winds, scattered showers and thunderstorms with bring temperatures near 70 degrees. Friday, high pressure will build in the area bringing, slightly warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity.

Restrictions and closures:

  • An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest—Outfitter’s and permitee’s will be allowed access (with required access card) on County Road 10 and 17 to access camps and conduct livestock operations.  For further information on the Forest Closure visit: fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices.

The Buford-New Castle Road, County Road 17 and South Fork Drainage Road, County Road 10 at the County Road 17 intersection, remain closed while fire personnel and equipment work in the area, residential access only.

 

August 23, 2018

Press Contact: Kate Jerman, White River National Forest, 970-948-1894

Cabin Lake Fire Emergency Closures Reduced

MEEKER, Colo. – The Blanco Ranger District and the Bureau of Land Management’s White River Field Office have revised the emergency safety closure area surrounding the Cabin Lake Fire to reflect current conditions.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, August 23, Forest Service and BLM lands within the closure area east of West North Elk Creek and west of the South Fork of the White River remain closed between the forest boundary on the north, and Forest Service Road 601 on the south. All Forest Service and BLM trails and roads within this area are closed to public access.

Meadow Lake Campground on the Rifle Ranger District is open and accessible from the south.

For more information on Forest closures visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices .

Forest and BLM Information:

  • White River Field Office, BLM: 970-878-3800, located at 220 E. Market St. Meeker, CO 81641
  • Blanco Ranger Station, White River National Forest: 970-878-4039, located at 220 E. Market St. Meeker, CO 81641

Aug. 22, 9 a.m. – Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team post: Cabin Lake Fire 71 percent contained

Evacuations and closures information
· Rio Blanco County Dispatch (970) 878-9600
· Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s App and Facebook
· Rio Blanco County alerts

Fire Information
Phone: (970) 364-6112
Email: CabinLakeFire2018@gmail.com
Facebook: CabinLakeFire
Maps and GIS products

Quick facts
Structures: No structures have been lost or damaged. Forty-six residences and 81 other structures are threatened.
Fire size: 5,967 acres and 71% contained
Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO
Start date: July 29, 2018
Cause: unknown and under investigation
Total personnel: 467

Announcement: The evacuation for County Road 10 was lifted for residences today at 8 a.m. The pre-evacuation alert is still in place for County Roads 10 and 17.

Previous operational period: The fire size decreased yesterday due to more accurate mapping. Because of weather conditions, minimal fire activity occurred. As a result, fire crews staged and scouted the area with limited direct attack. They also continued to chip brush in several areas.

Planned action: Firefighters will continue to mop up, patrol and secure containment lines along the northern and eastern edges of the fire. Based on recommendations by resource advisors, firefighters will begin to repair and stabilize environmental and cultural impacts from fire suppression activities.

Fire weather: Moisture will lead to another wet day today, with rainfall of up to .50 inches. Temperatures will be in the upper 60s. Breezy westerly winds are expected with scattered storms on Thursday.

Restrictions and closures

An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest—Outfitter’s and permittee’s will be allowed access on County Road 10 and 17 to access camps and conduct livestock operations. For further information on the Forest Closure visit here.

The Buford-New Castle Road, County Road 17 and South Fork Drainage Road, County Road 10 at the County Road 17 intersection, remain closed while fire personnel and equipment work in the area, residential access only.

A temporary flight restriction remains in effect.

Aug. 21, 10 a.m. – Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team post:

Evacuations and Closures Information
• Rio Blanco County Dispatch (970) 878-9600
• Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s App and Facebook
• Rio Blanco County alerts

Fire Information
• Phone: (970) 364-6112
• Email: CabinLakeFire2018@gmail.com
• Facebook: CabinLakeFire
Maps and GIS products

Quick Facts
• Structures: No structures have been lost or damaged. Forty-six residences and 81 other structures are threatened.
• Fire size: 6,072 acres and 53% contained
• Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO
• Start date July 29, 2018
• Cause unknown and under investigation
• Total personnel: 522

Previous operational period: Fire behavior was minimal yesterday, although a few smoke columns were visible in the afternoon. Firefighters engaged in direct attack to control and improve fire lines on the north, south and southwest sides of the fire. On the east side, firefighters improved handline. On the northwest side, they continued mopping up, which includes removing burning material and cutting down snags.
Planned action: Given the incoming weather system, firefighters will continue mopping up, constructing containment lines, patrolling and securing the north and east fire edges as safety allows. They will also continue to remove equipment in appropriate areas and begin preparing for fire suppression repair.
Smoke impacts: For air quality and health advisory information, see here.
Fire weather: Showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow are expected to produce up to one inch of rain. Temperatures will climb into the upper 60s to low 70s with minimum relative humidity near 40 percent.
Restrictions and closures:
• U.S. Forest Service White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management closures remain in effect. Check the White River National Forest’s website for updates http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices. All trailheads and campgrounds in the South Fork White River drainage are closed.
• The Buford-New Castle Road remains closed at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17 and south to the turnoff to the Meadow Lake Campground (Forest Service Road 601).
• County Road 10 is closed starting at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17.
• A temporary flight restriction remains in effect.

Aug. 20, 10 a.m. – Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team post:

Evacuations and Closures Information

  • Rio Blanco County Dispatch (970) 878-9600
  • Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s App and Facebook
  • Rio Blanco County alerts

Fire Information

Quick Facts

  • Structures: No structures have been lost or damaged. Forty-six residences and 81 other structures are threatened.
  • Fire size: 6,072 acres and 53% contained
  • Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO
  • Start date July 29, 2018
  • Cause unknown and under investigation
  • Total personnel: 522

Previous operational period: The Cabin Lake Fire had minimal spread throughout the day. Firefighters were able to improve containment lines along the perimeter of the fire. Isolated fuels were creeping and smoldering with very low intensity.

Planned action: On the east and south sides of the fire, firefighters will continue securing containment lines and mopping up hot spots. Along the northern edge, crews will construct dozer line to fill in containment lines, making that area easier to patrol. The structure protection group will continue to secure residences and buildings, as well as complete prep work along County Roads 10 and 17 in advance of the incoming weather.

Smoke impacts: For air quality and health advisory information, please visit here.

Fire weather: Today, a high pressure in place across the area will bring lower relative humidity and temperatures in the mid-70s. The unstable dry airmass will produce a moderate chance of fire growth today. A good chance of rain scattered showers and thunderstorms returns Tuesday through Thursday with high temperatures in the mid-70s and minimum humidity ranging from 25 to 35 percent.

Restrictions and closures

  • S. Forest Service White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management closures remain in effect. Check the White River National Forest’s website for updates. All trailheads and campgrounds in the South Fork White River drainage are closed.
  • The Buford-New Castle Road remains closed at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17 and south to the turnoff to the Meadow Lake Campground (Forest Service Road 601).
  • County Road 10 is closed starting at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17.

A temporary flight restriction remains in effect.

Aug. 18, 2 p.m. – Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Evacuations and closures information

Fire information

Quick facts

  • Structures: No structures have been lost or damaged. Forty-six residences and 81 other structures are threatened.
  • Fire size: 6,072 acres and 35% contained
  • Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO
  • Start date July 29, 2018
  • Cause unknown and under investigation
  • Total personnel: 474

Announcement—Open House tomorrow at the Incident Command Post: Meet the Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team to learn how it is assisting with the Cabin Lake Fire. Guided tours will be this Sunday, August 19, 2-4 p.m., at the Incident Command Post (ICP). The ICP is located at Lake Avery near the intersection of County Roads 8 and 115/82. Follow the signs to ICP. This will give you a behind-the-scenes view of how an incident management team operates.

Reminder: U.S. Forest Service White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management closures are in effect. Check White River National Forest’s website for updates www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices.

Previous operational period: The Cabin Lake Fire had minimal fire spread throughout the day. This allowed firefighters to improve containment and alternate lines near Smith Gulch toward County Road 10. Crews mopped up—extinguishing or removing burning material along or near the control line, felling snags or moving logs so they won’t roll downhill—along County Road 10. Hand crews established a fireline along the southeastern flank of the fire and dozer line was constructed along the southern edge of the fire.

Planned action: The fire received .5 inches of rain during the early morning hours, which will reduce fire behavior on all sides. Firefighters will be monitoring current control lines and reducing any hazards—living or dead vegetation—that may have compromised containment lines around the fire. Lightning is a concern so firefighters will be monitoring for any sleeper fires in and around the Cabin Lake Fire. Sleeper fires are when lightning hits a tree and may smolder for several days before potentially causing the tree to ignite adjacent vegetation. The structure protection group continues to actively conduct assessments and structure preparation in the fire area.

Smoke impacts: Colder temperatures overnight resulted in smoke settling in the White River Valley. For air quality and health advisory information, please visit www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx.

Fire weather: Higher humidity and rain will assist crews with containment efforts. Gusty, erratic winds are possible throughout the day.

Restrictions and closures

  • The Buford-New Castle Road remains closed at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17 and south to the turnoff to the Meadow Lake Campground (Forest Service Road 601).
  • County Road 10 starting at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17.
  • An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest—fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices. All trailheads and campgrounds in the South Fork White River drainage are closed.
  • A temporary flight restriction remains in effect http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_7240.html.

Cabin Lake Fire map - 8-18-18

 

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team

Aug. 16 – 4:32 p.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: Cabin Lake Fire Information

Southern Area Incident Management Team
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6057/

Evacuations and Closures Information

Fire Information

Quick Facts

  • Fire size: 5,188 acres and 29% contained
  • Structures lost or damaged: 0
  • Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO
  • Start date July 29, 2018
  • Cause unknown
  • Total personnel: 326

Announcement: The Forest Service has expanded the closure around the Cabin Lake Fire due to current and predicted fire behavior. Recent fire movement to the east and extreme fire behavior has led to the decision to expand the closure area. Prolonged hot, dry conditions and heavy fuels have made control of the fire very difficult and the Forest Service is concerned about public safety within these backcountry areas. Rapid notification and evacuation from this area, given current and predicted fire spread, would be almost impossible. The Forest Service and the Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team are monitoring the fire every day. As soon as conditions and control of the fire allow for the public to safely enter the area, the Forest Service will reduce or lift the closure. There is still access to the Flattops Wilderness at other trailhead portals as long as people stay out of the designated closure area. Please plan your trip accordingly. For more information, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.

Previous operational period: The Cabin Lake Fire continued to be active and spread toward the southeast while also progressing north through Smith Gulch.  Containment lines were constructed along Smith Gulch towards CR 10 and contingency lines with the assistance of the Structure Protection Group.  The spot fires across CR 10 and South Fork White River were contained and mop up operations were conducted to ensure minimal heat was found in the area. VLAT’s (Very Large Air Tankers), single engine air tankers, and helicopters were used to reduce fire spread throughout the day.

Planned action: Crews continue full suppression efforts to minimize fire spread and put out spot fires outside existing containment lines. The Structure Protection Group will conduct assessments and protection in the vicinity of Bucks and Bulls Ranch, South Fork White River Valley and along County Road 17 and County Road 10. Predicted erratic winds will continue to dictate air operations. Helicopters and single engine air tankers, shared with nearby fires in the region, are coordinating with ground crews to drop water and retardant as they become available.

Smoke impacts: Colder temperatures overnight resulted in smoke settling in the White River Valley. For air quality and health advisory information, please visit www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx.

Fire weather: High pressure systems in the southwest will continue to supply the fire area with erratic northwest and gusty outflow winds. Relative humidity minimums will be in the upper teens with a Haines Index of 6.

Restrictions and Closures

  • New US Forest Service White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management closures are in effect.  Check White River National Forest’s website for updates fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices.
  • The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17 and south to the turnoff to the Meadow Lake Campground (Forest Service Road 601).
  • County Road 10 is open to residents only between the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17.
  • An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest  —fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices. All trailheads and campgrounds in the South Fork White River drainage are closed.
  • A temporary flight restriction remains in effect http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_7240.html.

Aug. 16 – 1:19 p.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: Cabin Lake Fire emergency closure area expanded for public and firefighter safety; now includes BLM lands

MEEKER, Colo. – Due to increased fire activity and spread, the Blanco Ranger District and the White River Field Office of the BLM have expanded the emergency closure area for the Cabin Lake Fire for public and firefighter safety. The fire is at 5,188 acres, and 29 percent contained.

The new closure area includes the previous Forest closure area with the addition of all Forest and BLM lands west of Main Marvine trail/drainage, including the entire South Fork drainage and associated trail heads and campgrounds. The closure also includes all forest lands east of the West Fork of North Elk Creek and south of Buford/Lake Avery to the Blanco District Boundary (.5 miles north of Meadow Lake Campground) including the lands around Mahaffey Lake on the Rifle Ranger District.

Forest trails and roads within this area are closed to public access, however Rio Blanco County Road 12 and the Main Marvine Trail (#1823) are not affected. Meadow Lake Campground on the Rifle Ranger District remains opened.  For more information on Forest closures visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices .

Forest and BLM Information:

  • White River Field Office, BLM: 970-878-3800, located at 220 E. Market St. Meeker, CO 81641
  • Blanco Ranger Station, White River National Forest: 970-878-4039, located at 220 E. Market St. Meeker, CO 81641

 

For continued information on Cabin Lake Fire evacuations and fire information please see below:

Evacuations and Closure Information
·   Rio Blanco County Dispatch (970) 878-9600

·   Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s App and Facebook

www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriff

·   Rio Blanco County alerts at http://www.co.rio-blanco.co.us/298/Rio-Blanco-Alerts-Reverse-911

Fire Information
·  (970) 364-6112
·  CabinLakeFire2018@gmail.com

·  www.facebook.com/CabinLakeFire

 

Aug. 15 – 1 p.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: Meeting tonight at the Buford School at 7:30 p.m. to update the public on the cabin Creek Fire

Evacuations and Closures Information
·   Rio Blanco County Dispatch (970) 878-9600

·   Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s App and Facebook

www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriff

·   Rio Blanco County alerts at http://www.co.rio-blanco.co.us/298/Rio-Blanco-Alerts-Reverse-911

Fire Information
·  (970) 364-6112
·  CabinLakeFire2018@gmail.com

·  www.facebook.com/CabinLakeFire

Quick Facts

  • Fire size: 3,700 acres and 35% contained.
  • Location: 16 miles southeast of Meeker, CO.
  • Start date July 29, 2018.
  • Cause unknown.
  • Total personnel: 313

Announcement: The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office will convene a public meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Buford School to provide an update on the Cabin Lake Fire.

Evacuations: Yesterday, Rio Blanco County Sheriff Anthony Mazzola issued a mandatory evacuation for County Road 10. A pre-evacuation warning remains in effect for County Road 17.

Previous operational period: The Cabin Lake Fire was very active and continued to spread toward the southeast while also backing down into the South Fork of the White River. In the afternoon and evening, the fire exhibited extreme behavior due to dry fuels and gusting 45 mph outflow winds from thunderstorm cells in the area. The fire established in the South Fork White River drainage. Night operations actively patrolled the evacuated areas and monitored fire activity.

Planned action: The Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team assumed command of the fire at 6 a.m. today. Crews continue full suppression efforts to minimize fire spread and put out spot fires outside existing containment lines. Air Support continues as wind and visibility allow. Helicopters and single engine air tankers, shared with nearby fires in the region, are coordinating with ground crews to drop water and retardant as they become available.

Smoke impacts: Colder temperatures overnight resulted in smoke settling in the White River Valley. For air quality and health advisory information, please visit https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx

Fire weather: High pressure systems in the Southwest will maintain a northwest wind with erratic and gusty outflow winds. Relative humidity minimums will be around 20% with a Haines Index of 6.

Restrictions and Closures

  • The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17 and south to the turnoff to the Meadow Lake Campground (Forest Service Road 601).
  • County Road 10 is open to residents only between the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17.
  • An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest—https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices. All trailheads and campgrounds in the South Fork drainage are closed.

A temporary flight restriction remains in effect http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_7240.html.

 

Aug. 14 – 8:59 p.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: Extreme fire behavior on Cabin Lake Fire prompts additional evacuations

Evacuation and Closure information contact Rio Blanco Dispatch: 970-878-9600 and please follow our Facebook page.

UPDATE: Rio Blanco County Sheriff has issued a mandatory evacuation for all residents along County Road 10 south from the County Road 17 and County Road 10 intersection (also known as the South Fork drainage), a road block is in effect at this intersection. Residents in the area south of South Fork Road toward Burro Mountain southwest of County Road 10 also remain under mandatory evacuation. The pre-evacuation warning for County Road 17 remains in effect. Please continue to follow the Rio Blanco County Sheriff on Facebook or call 970-878-9600 for evacuation information.

The Cabin Lake Fire, which has grown to 3,700 acres and is 35% contained, is experiencing extreme fire conditions due to dry fuels and gusting 45 mph outflow winds from thunderstorm cells in the area. This is driving the visible smoke column, which stood over 23,000 feet high earlier this evening. As a result, smoke from the Cabin Lake Fire may be visible from Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, and Routt Counties.

Today, crews engaged the fire using dozers, handcrews, and engines along this southeastern flank of the fire through the South Fork drainage. Heavy Type 1 helicopters were used throughout the day to make water drops in coordination with ground operations. These water drops were used to limit the spread of the fire towards the South Fork of the White River. Crews also engaged the fire along the northern perimeter and structure protection operations are ongoing. Structure patrol and protection will continue throughout the night.

Extreme fire behavior is attributed to critically dry, heavy, dead and downed fuel conditions and gusty/erratic wind behavior. The fire is moving south and east through an old burn scar and has become established on the west side of the South Fork drainage. The area is comprised of dead and downed trees and grass cover. Those fuels are very dry and releasing large amounts of heat and smoke when they burn. The fire is active, torching, spotting ahead of itself with small crown runs.

Road and Forest Closures: There is mandatory closure of County Road 10 (including residents) starting at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17. The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground Turnoff (Forest Road 601).

All trailheads and campgrounds in the South Fork drainage on the Blanco Ranger District remain evacuated and closed. An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest for the Cabin Lake Fire. Please visit here for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices .

Aug. 14 – 10:46 a.m. – U.S. Forest Service post:  Cabin Lake fire grows yesterday and overnight; weather and fuel conditions continue to be a factor

Fire: Cabin Lake Fire Containment: 35%
Acres: estimated 3,000 Start Date: July 29
Cause: Unknown Location: approx. 5.5 miles south of Buford and approx. 7 miles NW of Meadow Lake Campground
Total Personnel: 316 Fuels/Topography: heavy timber/aspen

Update: The fire was active yesterday afternoon and into the evening growing to the northeast, east and substantially to the south. Due to the exponential fire growth over the past two days, containment on the fire decreased to 35%. Yesterday late in the afternoon, a red flag warning was issued with high potential for extreme fire behavior and an estimated 25-45 mph wind gusts over the fire area. Weather, coupled with fire activity and the dry, heavy fuel conditions resulted in the need for firefighters to reassess tactics on some locations of the fire.

Today, multiple crews, including two hotshot crews, along with heavy machinery, will use a combination of direct and indirect suppression tactics to build, secure and hold the northern perimeter of the fire which is threatening structures. Fire crews will work in close coordination with air support to check fire spread.

Crews and multiple engines are being deployed south along the eastern fire perimeter through the South Fork drainage to evaluate potential locations to engage the fire directly. Terrain in this drainage is steep, rugged with heavy dead and downed fuels. Suppression efforts will be implemented in areas where firefighters can safely engage using the appropriate tactics. Public and firefighter safety and structure protection remain top priorities on the Cabin Lake Fire.

Engines and crews continue to focus on structure protection efforts throughout the fire area, prepping structures and placing sprinklers and hose lays where appropriate. Night operations will continue tonight with engines and firefighters patrolling and protecting structures throughout the fire area. Structures remain threatened, but no structures have been lost.

Air Resources such as Single Engine Air Tankers, Large Air Tankers, a Type 1 Helicopter, a Type 3 Helicopter and two National Guard Helicopters will be used throughout the day to drop water and retardant to check and slow fire spread.

The fire is expected to be active throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Smoke is expected to be visible from Buford, Meeker, New Castle and Rifle, CO. Gusty/erratic outflow winds are possible this afternoon and evening.

Due to increased complexity and size, a Type 2 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. The Type 2 Incident Management Team will augment the existing incident command structure, adding specialized skills, expertise, and overhead capacity to the management of the fire to support the crews on the ground.

Evacuations: Evacuations remain in effect for the area south of South Fork Road toward Burro Mountain, southwest of County Road 10. The pre-evacuation warning for County Road 17 and for all residents along County Road 10 south from the County Road 17 and County Road 10 intersection remains effect.

For evacuation information please call the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 970-878-9600.

Sign up for Rio Blanco Alerts to be contacted with evacuation information here: http://www.co.rio-blanco.co.us/298/Rio-Blanco-Alerts-Reverse-911

Follow Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Facebook& App: www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriff

Road Closures: The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground Turnoff (Forest Road 601). There is a public closure of County Road 10 (residents only) starting at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17.

Smoke: Smoke is visible from Buford, Meeker, Rifle and New Castle CO. For more information on how wood smoke may affect your health please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx .

No Fly Zone: Aerial operations are ongoing. Please refrain from flying drones in the area. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

Forest Closure: An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest for the Cabin Lake Fire. Please visit here for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices . All trailheads and campgrounds in the South Fork drainage are now closed.

Fire Information:

Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office: 970-878-9600

Blanco Ranger Station: 970-878-4039

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CabinLakeFire/ and https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/

Evacuation Information: https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/

Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6057/

Aug. 13 – 1:33 p.m. – U.S. Forest service post: Aggressive suppression activity continues today on the Cabin Lake Fire following nighttime activity

Fire: Cabin Lake Fire Containment: 45%
Acres: estimated 2,375 Start Date: July 29
Cause: Unknown Location: approx. 5.5 miles south of Buford and approx. 7 miles NW of Meadow Lake Campground
Total Personnel: 276 Fuels/Topography: heavy timber/aspen

 

Effective Immediately: The Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office has issued a pre-evacuation notice for all residents along County Road 10 south from the County Road 17 and County Road 10 intersection. There is a public closure of County Road 10 (residents only) starting at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17. All trailheads and campgrounds in the South Fork drainage on the Blanco Ranger District are now closed.

Update: Over the past day and a half the Cabin Lake Fire received an influx of crews, multiple engines, heavy equipment/machinery to support suppression efforts on the fire. Public and firefighter safety and structure protection remain top priorities on the Cabin Lake Fire as multiple hand crews, engines, heavy machinery and aerial support continue to aggressively suppress the fire.

At 11 p.m. last night, the Cabin Lake Fire experienced a significant wind event with gusty/erratic outflow winds, which increased fire activity and pushed the fire north and east past Balloon Lake. This part of the fire is now threatening structures, however no structures have been lost. Firefighters and engines patrolled and engaged the fire as safety allowed, throughout the night.

Rio Blanco County Sheriff Mazzola issued an emergency evacuation notice at 2 a.m. this morning to the residents in the area south of South Fork Road toward Burro Mountain southwest of County Road 10 using Rio Blanco Alerts and direct, door-to-door contacts. Additionally, the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office has issued a pre-evacuation notice for all residents along County Road 10 south from the County Road 17 and County Road 10 intersection. The pre-evacuation warning for County Road 17 remains in effect.

There is a public closure of County Road 10 (residents only) starting at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17. All trailheads and campgrounds in the South Fork drainage on the Blanco Ranger District are now closed. The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground Turnoff (Forest Road 601).

Today, multiple engines and firefighters will continue to focus on structure protection efforts throughout the fire area, prepping structures by clearing vegetation where needed and assessing possible sprinkler placement.

Hand crews, including two hotshot crews, are working directly on both sides of the new fire growth to aggressively suppress the fire by building direct hand line utilizing dozers, saws and hand tools. Ground crews are working in coordination with aerial support which will utilized water and retardant drops to check and slow fire spread. Additionally, crews will continue to utilize a previous burn scar located on the eastern flank of the fire to establish dozer line. Air Resources such as Single Engine Air Tankers, Large Air Tankers, a Type 1 Helicopter and a Type 3 Helicopter will be used throughout the day to drop water and retardant in coordination with ground crews.

The fire is expected to be active throughout the afternoon and into the evening with isolated and group tree torching. The weather is expected to increase fire activity in the afternoon and early evening and create large amounts of smoke. Smoke is drifting south, east and west and is visible from Buford, Meeker, New Castle and Rifle, CO. Gusty/erratic outflow winds are expected again this afternoon and evening with an approximate minimum humidity of 17-22% with highs 74-79 degrees Fahrenheit.

Night Operations will continue tonight with engines and firefighters patrolling control lines and structures throughout the fire area. Structures remain threatened, but no structures have been lost.

Evacuations: Rio Blanco County Sheriff Mazzola issued an emergency evacuation notice at 2 a.m. this morning to the residents in the area south of South Fork Road toward Burro Mountain southwest of County Road 10 using Rio Blanco Alerts and direct, door-to-door contacts. The pre-evacuation warning for County Road 17 remains in effect. Additionally, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office has issued a pre-evacuation notice for all residents along County Road 10 south from the County Road 17 and County Road 10 intersection.

For evacuation information please call the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 970-878-9600.

Sign up for Rio Blanco Alerts to be contacted with evacuation information here: http://www.co.rio-blanco.co.us/298/Rio-Blanco-Alerts-Reverse-911

Follow Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Facebook& App: www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriff

Road Closures: The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground Turnoff (Forest Road 601). There is a public closure of County Road 10 (residents only) starting at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17.

Smoke: Smoke is visible from Buford, Meeker, Rifle and New Castle CO. For more information on how wood smoke may affect your health please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx .

No Fly Zone: Aerial operations are ongoing. Please refrain from flying drones in the area. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

Forest Closure: An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest for the Cabin Lake Fire. Please visit here for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices . All trailheads and campgrounds in the South Fork drainage are now closed.

Fire Information:

Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office: 970-878-9600

Blanco Ranger Station: 970-878-4039

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CabinLakeFire/ and https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/

Evacuation Information: https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/

Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6057/

#CabinLakeFire

Aug. 12 – 9:57 a.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: Direct and aggressive suppression continues today on the Cabin Lake Fire

Fire: Cabin Lake Fire Containment: 45%
Acres: estimated 1,900 Start Date: July 29
Cause: Unknown Location: approx. 5.5 miles south of Buford and approx. 7 miles NW of Meadow Lake Campground
Total Personnel: 175 Fuels/Topography: heavy timber/aspen

 

Update: Public and firefighter safety and structure protection remain top priority on the Cabin Lake Fire as multiple hand crews, engines, heavy machinery and aerial support continue to aggressively suppress the fire.

Today, engines and firefighters will focus on structure protection efforts on the north and western flanks of the fire, while hand crews will work to engage the fire directly along the northeastern and northwestern fire edge to establish and strengthen control line with machinery, saws and hand tools. Additionally, crews will utilize a previous burn scar located on the eastern flank of the fire to establish and tie into control line on the north flank of the fire to check fire spread.

The fire is backing slowly down to County Road 17 on the northwestern perimeter of the fire where firefighters are securing and patrolling the road. Aerial operations, including a Type 1 helicopter, will continue to assist with water bucket drops as needed, focusing on the western and northern flanks of the fire.

Last night, two engines and several firefighters conducted night operations, patrolling control lines and structures throughout the fire area. Structures remain threatened, however no structures have been lost.

“Safety of firefighters, the public and structure protection remains a top priority,” said Curtis Keetch, District Ranger. “We continue to work in close coordination with the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office on this incident, and we thank the Sheriff’s Office, landowners, ranchers and the local community for their support as we continue to aggressively suppress this fire.”

The pre-evacuation notice for County Road 17 in Rio Blanco County remains in effect. Due to the increased fire activity, County Road 17, also known as the Buford/New Castle Road, remains closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground Turnoff (Forest Road 601).

Today’s weather forecast is hot, dry and breezy with low humidity and the potential for gusting winds and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. The weather is expected to increase fire activity in the afternoon and early evening and create large amounts of smoke. Smoke is drifting south, east and west and is visible from Buford, Meeker, New Castle and Rifle, CO.

Evacuations: No evacuations at this time. The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office has issued a reverse 911 and pre-evacuation warning for County Road 17.

Closures: The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground Turnoff (Forest Road 601).

Smoke: Smoke is visible from Buford, Meeker, Rifle and New Castle CO. For more information on how wood smoke may affect your health please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx .

No Fly Zone: Aerial operations are ongoing. Please refrain from flying drones in the area. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

Forest Closure: An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest for the Cabin Lake Fire. Please visit here for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices .

Please continue to follow Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/) for further information and contact the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest at 970-878-4039 for fire and area closure information.

Fire Information:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CabinLakeFire/ and https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/

Evacuation Information: https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/

Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6057/

#CabinLakeFire

Aug. 11 – 3:02 p.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: Wind event increases fire activity overnight, pushes Cabin Lake Fire over control lines

Fire: Cabin Lake Fire Containment: 45%
Acres: 1,850 Start Date: July 29
Cause: Unknown Location: approx. 5.5 miles south of Buford and approx. 7 miles NW of Meadow Lake Campground
Total Personnel: 175 Fuels/Topography: heavy timber/aspen

 

Update: A wind event late yesterday evening increased fire activity on the Cabin Lake fire growing the fire to 1,850 acres to the northwest and southwest. The shift in wind direction created long and short range spotting conditions and active fire behavior. The fire spotted over control lines to the north and northwest, establishing itself outside of control lines yesterday evening and threatening structures. No structures have been lost and seven engines are currently working on structure protection to the west and the north, removing and clearing vegetation and other flammable materials.

The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office issued a reverse 911 and pre-evacuation notice for County Road 17 in Rio Blanco County. Due to the increased fire activity, County Road 17, also known as the Buford/New Castle Road, is now closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground Turnoff (Forest Road 601).

Throughout the morning a Type 1 Helicopter, two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), and two large air tankers have used water bucket drops and retardant drops to check and slow the fire spread to the north and northwest between the fire front and structures. Additionally, three, 20-person hand crews are scouting and preparing to create new controls lines that tie into existing features like meadows and roads. Two more hand crews are expected to arrive today.

Today’s weather forecast continues be hot, dry and breezy with low humidity which is expected to increase fire activity into the evening and create large amounts of smoke. Smoke is drifting south, east and west and is visible from Buford, Meeker, and Rifle, CO.

Evacuations: No evacuations at this time. The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office has issued a reverse 911 and pre-evacuation warning for County Road 17.

Closures: The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground Turnoff (Forest Road 601).

No Fly Zone: Aerial operations are ongoing. Please refrain from flying drones in the area. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

Forest Closure: An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest for the Cabin Lake Fire. Please visit here for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices .

Please continue to follow Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/) for further information and contact the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest at 970-878-4039 for fire and area closure information.

Fire Information:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CabinLakeFire/ and https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/

Evacuation Information: https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/

Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6057/

#CabinLakeFire

Aug. 7 – 8:02 a.m. – Rocky Mountain incident Management Blue Team press release

Blanco Ranger District, White River National Forest area closureCall 970-878-4039
Evacuation informationRio Blanco County Sheriff Facebook – www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriff 
Fire size today: 1,158 acres
Containment: 72%
Firefighters: 195
Location: 5.5 miles south of Buford, Colorado and 7 miles northwest of Meadow Lake Campground
Fire start date: 7/29/2018
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Summary: This will be the final update for Cabin Lake Fire, pending any further developments.

The Cabin Lake Fire will transition to a Type 3 organization at 6:00 pm this evening. Please continue to follow the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriff) for further fire information and contact the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest at 970-878-4039 for fire and area closure information.

The Cabin Lake Fire remains at 1,158 acres and is 72% contained. Crews will continue to mop up and patrol the areas of containment while working to extinguish any spot fires around the perimeter of the fire.

Hazy skies will continue to persist in the area; however, this is the result of smoke from fires further to the west. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s and relative humidities 14% to 18%. Winds will be out of the west-northwest at 5-8 mph with gusts up to 16 mph.

As of 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 8, County Road 17, also known as the Buford/Newcastle Road, will open for through-traffic only. No stopping will be allowed along this road and all side roads will remain closed. Please follow speed limits as firefighting personnel remain in the area.

An emergency area closure remains in place on the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National for the Cabin Lake Fire. It may be viewed here. The public is asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Aug. 6 – 8:29 a.m. – Rocky Mountain incident Management Blue Team press release

Blanco Ranger District, White River National Forest area closureCall 970-878-4039
Evacuation informationRio Blanco County Sheriff Facebook – www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriff 
Fire size today: 1,158 acres
Containment: 68%
Firefighters: 201
Location: 5.5 miles south of Buford, Colorado and 7 miles northwest of Meadow Lake Campground
Fire start date: 7/29/2018
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Summary: Crews were able to gain substantial containment on the Cabin Lake Fire yesterday. The fire remains at 1,158 acres and is now 68% contained.

Today, crews will continue to patrol and mop up on the western, southern, and northern sides of the fire. With a good portion of the fire contained by direct fireline, firefighters and heavy equipment will continue constructing indirect fireline along the eastern side of the fire.

The forecast calls for sunshine along with warmer temperatures today. Highs will be in the mid-70s to low 80s with relative humidities 16% to 22%. Winds will be out of the west-northwest at 6-9mph with gusts up to 18mph.

With fire activity decreasing and containment increasing, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue will transition the Cabin Lake Fire back to a local Type 3 command at 1800 on Tuesday, August 7th.

All of those involved in the management of the Cabin Lake Fire would like to thank the community of Meeker for all of their support during firefighting operations. The commitment and dedication shown by the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office to the Cabin Lake Fire and the crews fighting it has been greatly appreciated.

Seven Lakes Lodge and neighboring cabins remain in pre-evacuation status. The Buford/Newcastle Road remains closed at County Road 10 to the Forest Service Road 601 (Meadow Lake Campground turnoff).

The Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest has an emergency area closure for the Cabin Lake Fire. It may be viewed here. The public is asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Aug. 5 – 7:52 a.m. – Rocky Mountain incident Management Blue Team press release

Blanco Ranger District, White River National Forest area closureCall 970-878-4039
Evacuation informationRio Blanco County Sheriff Facebook – www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriff 
Fire size today: 1,158 acres
Containment: 25%
Firefighters: 173
Location: 5.5 miles south of Buford, Colorado and 7 miles northwest of Meadow Lake Campground
Fire start date: 7/29/2018
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Summary: Additional precipitation fell on the Cabin Lake Fire overnight. This additional moisture will keep fire behavior low once again today. Fire crews will engage the fire where it is safe for them to do so today due to muddy conditions in the fire area.

Yesterday, crews were able to improve fireline around the fire’s perimeter. Minimal fire activity caused the fire to grow less than 100 acres.

Today, firefighters will work to improve lines on the northern side of the fire while other crews will continue to patrol and mop up on the western most portion of the fire. Firefighters and heavy equipment will be utilized to begin building indirect fireline along the eastern side of the fire. Indirect fireline, which is a fireline built at a distance away from the fire’s edge, is being constructed due to wet areas along the fire’s eastern perimeter.

At the 6:00am morning Operations Briefing, Cabin Lake Operations Branch Director Wayne Ichiyasu reminded crews to “remain safe and only engage the fire where you can. It is going to be muddy and slick out there today. Along with the cooler temperatures, it is important to take care of yourself and each other.”

The day will begin with cloudy skies and a 50% chance of storms until mid-morning. Partly cloudy skies and isolated thunderstorms are possible this afternoon. Temperatures will be very similar to yesterday with highs in the low to mid-70s. Winds are forecast to be out of the west-southwest at 15-20mph with peak gusts up to 30mhp.

Seven Lakes Lodge and neighboring cabins remain in pre-evacuation status. The Buford/Newcastle Road remains closed at County Road 10 to the Forest Service Road 601 (Meadow Lake Campground turnoff).

The Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest has an emergency area closure for the Cabin Lake Fire. It may be viewed at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138. The public is asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Aug. 4 – 8:43 a.m. – Rocky Mountain incident Management Blue Team press release 

Summary:  Fire behavior was moderated by precipitation, cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity yesterday. Fire crews were able to capitalize on these conditions and make good progress on fireline construction around the Cabin Lake Fire.

Yesterday, crews brought fireline constructed by bulldozers and hand crews to the Sawmill Creek area from the west. On the south side of the fire, crews were able to improve an existing horse trail to tie in the southernmost portion of the fire at the western edge of Forest Service Road 245 (Buford/Newcastle Road).

Today, crews will continue to patrol and improve the fireline around the western most portion of the fire as well as work to improve line on the north side of the fire up to the Sperry Trail. Crews will continue to burn small patches of unconsumed fuels inside the perimeter of constructed fire lines, as is safe and appropriate. Structure crews will continue to mop up and patrol cooler areas around the fire perimeter, while firefighters scout the eastern portions of the fire to determine suitable locations for fireline.

Temperatures will be slightly warmer than yesterday with highs between 75 and 80 degrees. The forecast calls for partly to mostly cloudy skies with southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting to 30 mph. There is a 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Lightning, as well as gusty, erratic winds, may be associated with these thunderstorms.

Seven Lakes Lodge and neighboring cabins remain in pre-evacuation status. The Buford/Newcastle Road remains closed at County Road 10 to the Forest Service Road 601 (Meadow Lake Campground turnoff).

The Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest has an emergency area closure for the Cabin Lake Fire. It may be viewed at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138. The public is asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Aug. 3 – 8:41 a.m. – Rocky Mountain incident Management Blue Team press release

Blanco Ranger District, White River National Forest area closureCall 970-878-4039
Evacuation informationRio Blanco County Sheriff Facebook – www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriff 
Fire size today: Approximately 1,000 acres
Containment: 20%
Firefighters: 160
Location: 5.5 miles south of Buford, Colorado and 7 miles northwest of Meadow Lake Campground
Fire start date: 7/29/2018
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Summary: Forecasted cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity, along with precipitation received overnight on the fire, will reduce fire behavior today. These conditions should allow crews to make good progress on the Cabin Lake Fire, which has reached 20% containment. The fire has grown to approximately 1000 acres; due to cloud cover, an overflight was not possible last night, so crews will work to ground truth the size of the fire during the operational period today.

With mostly cloudy skies, there is a 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1:00 pm. Highs today will be in the mid-70s in the valley and mid-60s at the fire’s higher elevations. Higher relative humidities will reach 39%. Winds will be out of the northwest 5-10 mph; winds gusting to 15 mph is possible.

Yesterday, fire crews were able to gain containment on the western portions of the fire and were able to place approximately 3,000 feet of hoselay on the northern side of the fire. Hand line was constructed along the southern side of the fire from the current containment line to the western edge of Forest Service Road 245 (Buford/New Castle Road).

Today, crews will continue to go direct along the edge of the fire on the northern side of the perimeter. Along with the use of bulldozers, hand crews will also continue to extend the hoselay and burn small patches of unconsumed fuels as is safe and appropriate. A group of structure crews will continue to mop up and patrol cooler areas around the fire perimeter, especially within the Seven Lakes area.

Seven Lakes Lodge and neighboring cabins remain in pre-evacuation status. The Buford/Newcastle Road is closed at County Road 10 to the Forest Service Road 601 (Meadow Lake Campground turnoff).

The Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest has implemented an emergency area closure for the Cabin Lake Fire. It may be viewed at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138.

The public is asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Incident information:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6057/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/CabinLakeFire/
Fire Information: – Phone: 970-456-1565, 7 am – 8 pm
Email: 2018_cowrf_cabinlakefire@firenet.gov

Aug. 2, 2018 – 10:20 a.m. – Inciweb post: Cabin Lake Fire at 958 acres

Summary: The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team assumed command of the Cabin Lake Fire from the local type 3 organization at 6 a.m. this morning.

Yesterday, fire crews worked to connect firelines on the eastern and western edges of the fire to Forest Service Road 245 (Buford/Newcastle Road) on the southern side of the fire. Fire activity increased around 5:00pm on Burro Mountain.

Today, crews will continue building fireline with bulldozers and hand crews on both the north side and south side of the fire. Crews will continue to mop up and patrol cooler areas around the fire perimeter.

Forecasted weather for today is for highs 74-81 degrees with relative humidity 18-24% with winds out of the northwest 5-10mph, gusting to 15mph. There is a 20% chance of widely scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1:00pm.

Seven Lakes Lodge and neighboring cabins are now in pre-evacuation status. The Buford/Newcastle Road is closed at County Road 10 to the Forest Service Road 601, which is the Meadow Lake Campground turnoff.

The Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest has implemented an emergency area closure for the Cabin Lake Fire. It may be viewed at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriver/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5176138. The public is asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Aug. 1, 2018 – 11:11 a.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: Cabin Lake Fire Burning to the Southeast; at 480 acres

Current Situation: Tuesday afternoon, the Cabin Lake Fire burned actively to the southeast in old aspen stands at the base of Burro Mountain. Firefighters have been working to bring direct containment line on the east and west flanks of the fire south to tie in with FS 245/the Buford-Newcastle Road. They will continue this work today.

The section of the fire near the point of origin is largely contained, and firefighters will patrol and mop up here. They will be assisted by three engines that have arrived to support the crews assigned to the incident.
The Rocky Mountain Blue Team will be assuming command of the Cabin Lake Fire. The type 2 incident management team will manage both the Cabin Lake Fire east of Meeker, and the Cache Creek fire southwest of Rifle.

Weather: Thunderstorms are expected today and Thursday, with gusty outflow winds and lightning. Likelihood of wetting rain increases late Thursday afternoon.

Smoke: Smoke may be visible from Meeker, Buford, Meadow Lake campground, and New Castle. For information on smoke visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx .

Evacuations: Seven Lakes Lodge and neighboring cabins are in pre-evacuation status. For evacuation information, please follow the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/ .

Closures: The Buford New Castle Road is closed from the junction at County Road 10 to the Meadow Lake Campground turnoff (Forest Road 601).

Forest Service Emergency Fire Area Closure: The White River National Forest has issued an emergency area closure for all Forest Service system lands east of North Elk Creek, south of Buford and Lake Avery, west of the South Fork of White River, and north of Meadow Lake campground. Additionally all trails within this area are closed for public safety. A map of the closure area is available here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices

Fire Information:
US Forest Service, Blanco Ranger District: (970)878-4039
Acres: 480
Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6057/

Containment: Undetermined
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/
Cause: Undetermined
https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverNF/ Start Date: July 29
Twitter: @WhiteRiverNews @RBSODISPATCH Personnel: 125

July 31, 2018 – Inciweb post: Cabin Lake Fire estimated at more than 400 acres; burning away from structures

Update 2:00 p.m.

Containment: to follow

Acres: estimated over 400 acres

Start Date: July 29

Cause: Unknown

Location: 5.5 miles south of Buford and 7 miles NW of Meadow Lake Campground

Total Personnel: 125

Fuels/Topography: heavy timber/aspen

Current Situation: Sunday, the Cabin Lake Fire burned several hundred acres on the White River National Forest and private property in Rio Blanco County. By late Sunday afternoon, winds carried the fire across a private road and numerous spot fires established on both sides of FS 245/Buford-Newcastle Road.

Crews placed retardant and used bulldozers to complete containment line around the northwest section of the fire. No structures were lost, and they are mopping up this section and monitoring hot spots.

The fire is now active and well established between Gilley Lake Trail #1233 and Vaugn Creek. It has been growing to the southeast in dense stands of conifer, away from private property. Two hotshot crews and 2 Type 2 Initial Attack crews are working to bring direct containment line around the fire. They are being supported by bulldozers and a Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 helicopter.

Smoke: Smoke may be visible from Meeker, Buford, Meadow Lake campground, and New Castle. For information on smoke visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx .
Evacuations: Seven Lakes Lodge remains evacuated. For information on evacuations please follow the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/ .
Closures: The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground Turnoff (Forest Road 601).
Forest Service Emergency Fire Area Closure: The White River National Forest has issued an emergency area closure for all Forest Service system lands east of North Elk Creek, south of Buford and Lake Avery, west of the South Fork of White River, and north of Meadow Lake campground. Additionally all trails within this area are closed for public safety. A map of the closure area is available here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices
No Fly Zone: Aerial operations are ongoing. Please refrain from flying drones in the area. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

Fire Information:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverNF/

Twitter: @WhiteRiverNews @RBSODISPATCH

Evacuation Information: https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/

Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6057/

July 30, 2018 – 12:30 p.m. update

Cabin Lake Fire continues to actively burn; structure protection is priority

Fire: Cabin Lake Fire Containment: 0%
Acres: estimated to be over 200 acres, waiting on more accurate mapping
Start Date: July 29
Cause: Unknown
Location: approx. 5.5 miles south of Buford and approx. 7 miles NW of Meadow Lake Campground
Total Personnel: 125
Fuels/Topography: heavy timber/aspen

Update: Crews continue to suppress the Cabin Lake Fire which is burning approximately 5.5 miles south of Buford, CO in timber and aspen on private and Forest Service lands in Rio Blanco County. The fire is located off of CR 17 the Buford/New Castle Road. The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 17 and south to the Meadow Lake Campground turnoff (Forest Road 601).

Meadow Lake Campground remains open; the fire is approximately 7 miles northwest of Meadow Lake.

Seven Lakes Lodge remains evacuated. A reverse 911 call was issued to residents of County Road 17 to alert them to firefighting equipment in the area and the potential that a pre-evacuation or evacuation order may be issued. Structure, private property protection and public and firefighter safety remain the top priorities. Structures remain threatened, however no structures have been lost. Last night, engines and crews focused on structure protection and were successful.

Fire behavior today is expected to be active with the potential for crowning runs through the canopy and burning on all sides of the fire. Single and group tree torching is also occurring while the fire continues to spread to the south and east further onto National Forest lands. Today’s weather forecast is predicted to be hot, dry and breezy.

Two hotshot crews are working directly on the north flank of the fire to establish fire line in the areas closest to structures. Helicopters are conducting water bucket drops to check fire spread and cool hot spots in coordination with ground crews. Two engines will continue to focus on structure protection throughout the day at Seven Lakes Lodge. Resources on the fire include 1 air attack platform, 1 large air tanker on standby if needed, one Type 1 helicopter, 1 Type 3 helicopter, 1 Type 2 helicopter, three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) on standby if needed, and two Type 1 hotshot crews. Two more hand crews are expected to arrive later today.

Smoke: Smoke may be visible from Meeker, Buford, Meadow Lake campground, and New Castle. For information on smoke visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx

Evacuations: Seven Lakes Lodge remains evacuated. For information on evacuations please follow the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/ .

Closures: The Buford New Castle Road remains closed at the County Road 10 and County Road 17 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground turnoff (Forest Road 601).

Forest Service Emergency Fire Area Closure: The White River National Forest has issued an emergency area closure for all Forest Service System Lands east of North Elk Creek, south of Buford and Lake Avery, west of the South Fork of the White River, and north of Meadow Lake Campground. Additionally all trails within this area are closed for public safety. A map of the closure area will be available soon.

No Fly Zone: Aerial operations are ongoing. Please refrain from flying drones in the area. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

Fire Information:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverNF/
Twitter: @WhiteRiverNews @RBSODISPATCH
Evacuation Information: https://www.facebook.com/RioBlancoCountySheriffsOffice/
Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6057/
#CabinLakeFire

Cabin Lake Fire

Lake Christine Fire

FIRE INFORMATION:
Website: 
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5895/

Aug. 30 – 10 a.m. – U.S. Forest Service post: White River National Forest modifies closure areas for Lake Christine and Cache Creek Fires

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The White River National Forest is modifying the emergency closure orders for both the Lake Christine and Cache Creek Fires. The modified closure orders, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday Aug. 31, 2018, open additional areas to the public that are safe to enter and do not impede firefighter suppression operations.

“Recent rain events and continued progress made by firefighters will allow us to reopen some areas for recreational and hunting access,” said Scott Fitzwilliams, White River Forest Supervisor. “However, there are still closures in place and areas that remain unsafe for people to enter due the high risk of falling trees or smoldering hot spots within the fire perimeters. We appreciate the continued cooperation from the public.”

The White River National Forest will continue to assess the safety of the closed areas outside of the fire perimeters, with potential to open these areas in the coming weeks. The Forest will assess the closure areas inside of the fire perimeters next spring and will determine the safety for potential reopening during spring/summer of 2019.

Modified Closure Area for Cache Creek Fire (Rifle Ranger District): The modified closure area includes the western portion of the Battlement Mesa area between the Battlement Trailhead and Porcupine Creek. This area includes the Battlement Reservoirs, Haystack Mountain, Cache Creek, and North & South Mamm Peaks. The northern and southern edges of the closure area continue to follow the Forest Boundary. The Beaver Creek area is now OPEN.

The following National Forest System roads and trails will remain closed until the closure order is rescinded:

National Forest System Roads Closed: Battlement Road (FSR 847)
National Forest System Trails Closed: Battlement Reservoirs/Lava Creek Trail #2160.5, Battlement Trail #2160 southwest from the Battlement Reservoirs to the White River NF/Grand Mesa NF Forest Boundary (approximately 2.2 trail miles) AND east from the intersection with FSR 847 to North Mamm Peak (approximately 3.5 trail miles)
*Please Note: Beaver Creek Road (FSR 824), Beaver Creek Trailhead, and the Beaver Creek Trail #2164 are now OPEN

VIEW MODIFIED CLOSURE MAP FOR CACHE CREEK FIRE HERE.

Modified Closure Area for Lake Christine Fire (Aspen-Sopris Ranger District): The modified closure area includes the land east of the Forest Service boundary, portions of the Cattle Creek drainage and Basalt Mountain, including the 509 road east of the Forest Service boundary and the trailhead at Basalt Mountain, as well as Cattle Creek and portions of North Fork of Cattle Creek, Thompson Creek, Yeoman Creek and Lola Creek. Additionally, the lower Lone Pine Trail 1913 is closed south of the North Fork of Cattle Creek, preventing trail access from the north. This closure area further includes the Basalt Mountain area north of the Basalt State Wildlife Area from the Forest Service boundary east of High Park to Taylor Creek Pass.

The following National Forest System roads and trails will remain closed until the closure order is rescinded:

National Forest System Roads Closed: Basalt Mountain Road (FSR 524/524.1) and Cattle Creek Road (FSR 509) east of the Forest Service boundary.
National Forest System Trails Closed: Trail No. 1909 west of Toner Reservoir at Taylor Creek Pass; Basalt Mountain Trail No. 1911; Mill Creek Trail; Ditch and Upper Ditch Trail; Blue Creek Flats Trail No. N524.1D; and Lone Pine Trail*(see note below) 1913 in T7 R86 Section 5 south of North Fork Cattle Creek.
*Please Note: The lower loop of the 1913 and 1913.2 is now open providing another loop opportunity for trail users south of the 514 road which means 85% of the Lone Pine Trail system is now open.

VIEW MODIFIED CLOSURE MAP FOR LAKE CHRISTINE FIRE HERE.

The following persons are exempt from these closure orders:

Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.
Any Federal, State or Local Officer or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

For more information: please contact the Rifle Ranger District at (970)-625-2371 or the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District at (970) 963-2266. The White River National Forest will enter into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2018. For more information visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver or follow the White River National Forest on Facebook.

Aug. 16, 10 a.m. – Inciweb post:

Due to the decrease in fire activity, the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District will now be taking public phone calls about the Lake Christine Fire. Please call 970-963-2266 for updated information or continue to follow the Lake Christine Facebook page. The Lake Christine Facebook page will be updated as needed or as new information becomes available. Thank you for your continued patience, feedback and interest.

Lake Christine Fire Facebook page.

Aug. 14, 9:28 a.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post

Fire remains at 12,588 acres burned and 90% containment. Safety is the main concern as gusty winds will continue to cause snags (burned out trees) to topple causing extremely hazardous conditions.

Please avoid the fire areas for your safety and the safety of the firefighters who continue to work the area.

Winds will also continue to bring in smoke from other wildfires burning in western Colorado.

Continue to follow wildfire activity thru this link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?msa=0&mid=1GcddFWq2DJILLfCFc8up8VYN7oQ&ll=39.095080522114074%2C-107.26424316406252&z=8


July 31, 9 a.m. –
Inciweb post: Containment of the Lake Christine Fire increases to 87 Percent

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black
Information Center: (970) 510-0705
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

This will be the final update for the Lake Christine Fire from Rocky Mountain Team Black.

Current Situation: There will be a community meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Basalt High School (600 Southside Drive). Beginning today, scheduled Public Information Officers at boards will be reduced to one location: City Market in El Jebel from 12-2 pm daily.

As Rocky Mountain Team Black prepares to transfer command of the Lake Christine Fire to a smaller incident management organization on Tuesday evening, members of the incoming organization will meet with Rocky Mountain Team Black to ensure a smooth transition. This change is due to the reduction in complexity of the fire with the current 87% containment expected to increase today.

Yesterday, crews continued securing fire line in Divisions S and U and crews began suppression repair along the entire constructed fire line. Today, they will continue this work. In Division S there is a small section of uncontained fire line just north of FS Road 509 which is expected to be in containment by early afternoon today.

In Division U, hotshot crews and fire modules will continue constructing direct and indirect line from the Basalt Mountain Trail intersection to the south. Crews will continue to camp remotely along the line and needed supplies will be flown to them. Residents will continue to see a decrease in air support over the week. The mobile retardant plant has been dismantled but there will continue to be two Type 1 and two Type 3 helicopters available to support work on the ground today.

In Division N crews will continue mop-up and suppression repair from south to north along the western flank of the fire. In Division W, all fire equipment was removed yesterday along Frying Pan Road and crews were able to complete the necessary suppression repair work.

Demobilization of crews continues today as they are reassigned to support new fires.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Today the warm and dry weather will continue with temperature highs from 86-91 degrees. The dryness trend continues with a low relative humidity in the mid-teens and a Haines Index of 6, meaning there is a high potential for fire growth. As a result of this weather, residents may see increased fire behavior in the interior of the fire along Division U today. There is a chance of thunderstorms near the end of the week, but any chance of moisture will dry out over the weekend.

Evacuations and Closures: All pre-evacuations have been lifted. Residents are encouraged to register with both Eagle County (ecalert.org) and Pitkin County (pitkinalert.org) emergency alerts for flash flood warnings. For more information regarding flooding hazards and preparation, visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/flood/.

Traffic control points remain in place as firefighters continue working around the fire. Motorists are asked to respect the established control points to enable continued access for firefighters and support equipment.

Closures in the White River National Forest remain in effect — please see the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect on private, state and federal lands in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties. For information on fire restrictions, please visit http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bansdanger.html

Temporary Flight Restrictions: The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Lake Christine Fire remains in effect around the entire fire area, including restrictions on unmanned aircraft systems (drones).

For More Information:
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5895/
Facebook: facebook.com/LakeChristineFire
Fire Info Line: (970) 510-0705

Lake Christine Fire Statistics:
Size: 12,588 acres
Containment: 87%
Total Personnel: 313
Cause: Human-caused
Location: Approximately 1 mile northwest of Basalt, Colorado

July 29 – 10:01 pm – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post

The Lake Christine Fire is 12,588 acres, and 82% contained.

July 29 – Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment post
COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK
Sunday, July 29, 2018, 7:30 PM MDT

Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for southwestern Eagle County
Issued at 8:00 AM MDT, Sunday, July 29, 2018 

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: southwestern Eagle County. Locations and points of interest include, but are not limited to Basalt, El Jebel, and areas in the White River National Forest just north of Basalt Mountain.

Advisory in Effect: 8:00 AM MDT, Sunday, July 29, 2018 to 9:00 AM MDT, Monday, July 30, 2018..

Public Health Recommendations: If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill. If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.
Full information on this advisory

July 27 – 5 p.m. – Inciweb post:
UPDATE at 5 pm: The firing operation has been successfully completed. The public should still expect to see smoke as pockets of fuel continue to burn. Firefighters will now be working to cool down the edge of the fire near the fireline to work towards containment.

La operación de quemazón se ha completado con éxito. Aún se verá humo mientras los combustibles continúan ardiendo. Los bomberos ahora trabajarán para enfriar el borde del incendio cerca de la línea de fuego para trabajar hacia la contención.

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Smoke is visible over the #LakeChristineFire this afternoon. As Rob discusses in his latest operations video, crews are taking advantage of favorable weather to conduct firing operations on the northwest corner of the fire. Firefighters are currently burning out the area between the fire and south of Forest Service Road 509 and east of the existing fireline that crews built earlier this week (see picture of map below with area identified). These firing operations will allow firefighters to remove the fuels between the containment lines and the fire to work towards containment of the northwest corner of the fire. We will post updates on the progress throughout the afternoon.

Please share this information with friends and neighbors so they do not become concerned about the increase in smoke.

Picture of map showing area where firing operation is occurring: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photograph/5895/0/81410

Operations Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLNwYEsoVGI

El humo es visible sobre el #LakeChristineFire esta tarde. Como comenta Rob en su último video de operaciones, las cuadrillas aprovechan el clima favorable para realizar operaciones de contrafuego en la esquina noroeste del incendio. Los bomberos actualmente están quemando el área entre el incendio y al sur de la calle 509 del Forest Service y al este de la línea de fuego existente que las cuadrillas construyeron a principios de esta semana (vea la imagen del mapa a continuación con el área identificada). Estas operaciones de contrafuego permitirán a los bomberos remover los combustibles entre las líneas de contención que han construido, y el fuego para trabajar hacia la contención de la esquina noroeste del fuego. Publicaremos actualizaciones sobre el progreso a lo largo de la tarde.
Comparta esta información con amigos y vecinos para que no se precocupen por el aumento de humo.

July 27 – 9:39 a.m.Inciweb post:

Warm and Dry Weather Forecast for the Lake Christine Fire

Current Situation: Morning cloud cover delayed fire activity Thursday on the Lake Christine Fire. In late afternoon, fuels warmed up and fire became active in the Gambel oak on the north of the fire. Crews worked to construct and bolster fire line across the north in Divisions N and S. They are beginning to mop up the southern section of Division N in an effort to increase containment.

Today, crews will continue their efforts to complete fire line on the western flank. These crews will again be supported by 5 type 1 and one type 3 helicopters utilizing a mobile retardant base near Missouri Heights. Thursday, firefighters placed 54,600 gallons of water and 35,500 gallons of retardant; much of it was used in the north in Divisions N and S.

Along Cattle Creek in Division S, crews continue to work to contain the section on the east end of the cabins where the fire has been actively burning in thick stands of conifer. Thursday, crews burned a small section near the north side of Division N, south of FS 509/Cattle Creek Road. A ‘swing shift’ crew will be supporting Division S and others as needed.

On the south section of the fire near Basalt, swirling winds created several large black ‘dust devils’ on the west side of Basalt Mountain. Dust devils are caused by warm, rotating air that is rising in dry conditions. They typically do not cause damage, but they create rapid changes in wind direction that can impact firefighting operations. The dust devils caused brief alarm to some who believed they were smoke.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Today will be the warmest day of the week with temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible after 1 p.m; these storms may be capable of gusty/erratic outflow winds up to 30 mph, brief rainfall and lightning.

Evacuations and Closures: We ask that the public continue to respect traffic control points so firefighters can access the fire.

The residents of Missouri Heights, Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles, and Taylor Road remain on a pre-evacuation status. Residents who are not yet registered with the county alert systems are encouraged to do so. Residents are encouraged to register with both Eagle County (ecalert.org) and Pitkin County (pitkinalert.org) emergency alerts.

Closures in the White River National Forest remain in effect — please see the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect on private, state and federal lands in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties. For information on fire restrictions, please visit http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bansdanger.html.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Lake Christine Fire remains in effect around the entire fire area, including restrictions on unmanned aircraft systems (drones).

Air Quality: An Air Resource Advisor (ARA) has been assigned to the incident to monitor air quality and forecast smoke impacts. The ARA will produce a daily smoke outlook for neighboring communities. For air quality and smoke advisory information, please visit https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx, or http://www.purpleair.com

Lake Christine Fire Statistics:
Size: 12,286 acres
Containment: 45 percent

July 26 – 10:36 a.m. – Inciweb post: The Lake Christine fire is at 12,020 acres, and it 39 percent contained.

Heavy Rains Miss the Lake Christine Fire

Current Situation: Very little rain fell on the Lake Christine Fire, but the aircraft assigned to the incident placed more than 51,000 gallons of retardant along the north edge of the fire Wednesday. A helibase is being established east of Missouri Heights to support five Type 1 helicopters; this proximity to the fire will result in significant time savings between retardant loads. Residents should expect to see and hear increased helicopter activity on the west flank of the fire.

A great deal of retardant was placed on the northwest corner of the fire, in Division N, where the fire has moved from heavier timber into brush that is predominantly Gambel oak. These lighter fuels are drying quickly and they have been receptive to spot fires. Firefighters continue to use hand crews, heavy equipment, and aviation resources to keep this section from pushing further to the north. Crews have made progress on the southern end of this section, but the fire is still active.

A group of firefighters has been added to help Divisions N and S on the northwest and along Cattle Creek with point protection. Firefighters are watching for spot fires here and conducting firing operations when they find opportunities to burn out sections and extend protection.

Hotshots have an established anchor point and increased containment on the southeast side of the fire. Heavy equipment is being used to create access and assist firefighters as they extend containment line from the south near Division W. Firefighters are being supported by a Rapid Extraction Module, or pre-staged rescue team assigned to provide firefighters with a safe and effective method of egress in the event of an injury or illness incurred during firefighting operations.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: The fire received almost no rain Wednesday, despite heavy showers in communities along the Roaring Fork. Thunderstorms are expected to bring outflow winds, but little precipitation this week. Weather will continue to become warmer, drier and more unstable throughout the west.

Evacuations and Closures: We ask that the public respect traffic control points so firefighters can access the fire. The residents of Missouri Heights, Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles, and Taylor Road remain on a pre-evacuation status. Residents who are not yet registered with the county alert systems are encouraged to do so. Residents are encouraged to register with both Eagle County (ecalert.org) and Pitkin County (pitkinalert.org) emergency alerts. Closures in the White River National Forest remain in effect — please see the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect on private, state and federal lands in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties. For information on fire restrictions, please visit http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bansdanger.html.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Lake Christine Fire remains in effect around the entire fire area, including restrictions on unmanned aircraft systems (drones).

Air Quality: An Air Resource Advisor has been assigned to the incident to monitor air quality and forecast smoke impacts. Two air quality monitoring systems will be placed in the local area to provide data and assist the Air Resource Advisor in producing a daily smoke outlook for neighboring communities.

For air quality and smoke advisory information, please visit https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx, or http://www.purpleair.com

For More Information:

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5895/

Facebook: facebook.com/LakeChristineFire

Fire Info Line: (970) 510-0705

Lake Christine Fire Statistics:
Size: 12,020 acres
Containment: 39%
Total Personnel: 420
Cause: Human-caused
Location: Approximately 1 mile northwest of Basalt, Colorado

July 25 – 7:25 a.m. – Inciweb post: There will be a community fire meeting tonight, Wednesday,  July 25 at 6 p.m. at the Basalt High School (600 Southside Drive). Representatives from the Incident Management Team and Cooperators will provide an update on the Lake Christine Fire and be available to answer questions. The Lake Christine Fire is at 11,878 acres, and 39 percent contained.

Habrá otra reunión comunitaria sobre el fuego esta noche a las 6:00 p.m. en Basalt High School (600 Southside Dr., Basalt, CO). Los representantes del equipo de manejo de incidentes y los cooperadores proporcionarán información sobre el Fuego “Lake Christine” y estarán disponibles para responder preguntas del público. Habrá intérprete para el español.

July 24 – 7:20 a.m. – Inciweb post: Lake Christine Fire is at 11,796 acres, and is 39 percent contained. Update can be read in English here, or en Espanol.

July 23 – 10:20 a.m.Inciweb post: Lake Christine Fire operations briefing videos now available on YouTube. The operations section from the Incident Management Team are providing operational updates on the Lake Christine Fire multiple times a day. The videos can be found on the incident YouTube channel which can be accessed from the Related Links section here. In addition, the link to the corresponding daily video is available at the bottom of each fire update (starting July 23) which can be accessed by clicking the News tab on this page and selecting the update.

La Sección de Operaciones del equipo de manejo del incidente comparten videos sobre las estrategias operacionales para el Fuego “Lake Christine” varias veces al día. Los videos se pueden encontrar en el canal de YouTube, al que se puede acceder desde la sección Enlaces/Related Links de este sitio. Además, a partir del 23 de julio, pondremos el enlace al video correspondiente en la Actualización del Fuego “Lake Christine” diaria la cual se puede encontrar en la pestaña Noticias.

July 23 – 9 a.m. – Inciweb post:  There will be a community fire meeting again tonight at 6 p.m. at the Basalt High School (600 Southside Drive). Representatives from the incident management team and cooperators will provide an update on the Lake Christine Fire and be available to answer questions from the public.

The Lake Christine Fire continues to move predominately to the north and east and reached the south side of Cattle Creek Road, near the privately owned cabins, yesterday afternoon. The pump and sprinkler system placed around the cabins for additional protection remains in place and crews continue to do structure protection.

Along the western edge of the fire, hand crews, heavy equipment, and aviation resources continue to improve and extend direct containment line. In addition, a new mobile fire retardant plant is being deployed northeast of the Missouri Heights area. This new plant will expedite the turnaround time of the helicopters and allow them to pinpoint more precisely the placement of the fire retardant, making it more effective on the ground.

The southeastern edge of the fire, near the Frying Pan Valley, has not seen significant growth over the past few days. A new Division (DIV U) was added on the eastern edge of the Fire today. Firefighters in this Division will scout and develop a plan to prevent additional spreading to the east.

Numerous additional personnel and heavy equipment have arrived on the fire and will be focused on the north and northwest side of the fire. The incident management team asks the public to please stay out of the Missouri Heights area and Frying Pan valley unless they are a resident.

Habrá otra reunión comunitaria sobre el fuego esta noche a las 6:00 p.m. en Basalt High School (600 Southside Dr., Basalt, CO). Los representantes del equipo de manejo de incidentes y los cooperadores proporcionarán información sobre el Fuego “Lake Christine” y estarán disponibles para responder preguntas del público. Habrá intérprete para el español.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Temperatures will be more moderate today, and slow moving afternoon thunderstorms may produce outflow gusts and some wetting rain. There is a potential for FLASH FLOODING in burned areas if these storms produce significant rainfall.

Evacuations and Closures: The residents of Missouri Heights, Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles, and Taylor Road remain on a pre-evacuation status. Residents who are not yet registered with the county alert systems are encouraged to do so. Residents are encouraged to register with both Eagle County (ecalert.org) and Pitkin County (pitkinalert.org) emergency alerts.

Closures in the White River National Forest remain in effect — please see the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect on private, state and federal lands in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties. For information on fire restrictions, please visit http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bansdanger.html.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Lake Christine Fire remains in effect around the entire fire area, including restrictions on unmanned aircraft systems (drones).

Safety: We ask that the public respect traffic control points so firefighters can freely access the fire. For air quality and smoke advisory information, please visit https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx, or http://www.purpleair.com

For More Information:

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5895/

Facebook: facebook.com/LakeChristineFire

Fire Info Line: (970) 510-0705

Lake Christine Fire Statistics:

Size: 11,459 acres
Containment: 32 percent

Total Personnel: 345
Cause: Human-caused

Location: Approximately 1 mile northwest of Basalt, Colorado

July 22 – 11:03 p.m. – Inciweb post: The Lake Christine fire is at 11,459 Acres, and is 32 percent contained.

July 20 – 10:26 a.m. – Inciweb post: Public Meeting: There will be a public meeting held Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Basalt High School. Representatives from the incident management team and cooperators will provide an update on the Lake Christine Fire and be available to answer questions from the public.

Current Situation: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team Black (Team Black) assumed command of the Lake Christine Fire at 6 a.m. this morning. The Type 2 team was requested due to increased fire activity, requiring a larger team to manage a wide range of needs associated with the incident as well as access to a wider variety of resources to aid in firefighting efforts.

The Lake Christine Fire grew to 8,315 acres as of Friday morning. Fire behavior was active on Thursday, with fire growth primarily occurring on top of Basalt Mountain. Air resources, including three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and 3 helicopters, worked throughout the day Thursday to help cool the fire’s edge on the northwest corner.

On Friday, crews will work to construct indirect fire line from the northwest flank to existing bulldozer lines northwest of the fire. Air resources will be available as needed to assist ground crews. Air resources will work along the rim of Basalt Mountain to restrict fire spread to the east and helicopters will be utilized to control the active fire edge. Structure protection efforts will continue in the Cattle Creek drainage. Planning efforts will continue for the eastern portion of the fire to evaluate the best places where crews can engage the fire considering the recent increased activity.

Please do not call 911 to report fire behavior on the Lake Christine Fire. Please call 911 for emergencies only.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Warm and dry conditions are expected to continue Friday. Temperatures will reach the low 90s and humidity will remain in the teens. A small chance of thunderstorms tomorrow brings the likelihood of strong outflow winds with a 20% chance of rain over the fire.

July 20 – 10:25 a.m. – Inciweb post: Lake Christine fire is at 8,315 acres, 59 percent contained.

July 20 – 9:47 a.m. – Inciweb post: A pre-evacuation notice is in place for residents of Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles, and Taylor Road, due to increased fire behavior on the eastern flank of the Lake Christine Fire. The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is contacting residents in these affected areas. Residents should be prepared to leave their homes in the event an evacuation notice is ordered.

If you have question about pre-evacuation notices, please contact the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at  (970) 328-8500. If you have questions about the Lake Christine Fire, please visit our Inciweb page or call (970) 510-0705.

July 19 – 10:50 a.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: Fire pre-evacuation notice will be lifted Wednesday for Basalt and El Jebel, Missouri Heights residents are to remain on pre-evacuation.

July 17 – 9:12 a.m. – Inciweb post: Lake Christine Fire Update – 6,822 acres, 59 percent contained.

The Upper Colorado River Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Lake Christine Fire on Monday. The incident command post is now located at Basalt Fire Station 42 on JW Drive in El Jebel.
The safety of the public and firefighters remains the top priority for fire managers.

Full suppression of the Lake Christine Fire remains the objective for firefighters. Extremely rugged, rocky terrain is preventing firefighters from building fireline directly on the fire’s north and east flanks. Crews are mopping-up, improving and patrolling control lines today, supported by helicopters dropping water on hotspots as needed. Flames are backing and creeping in these areas and fire spread is limited. Smoke will be visible as the fuels in these areas burn themselves out. Depending upon wind direction and intensity, smoke may settle in area communities at times.

Firefighters are removing excessive fuels from roads to the north of the fire to improve contingency lines. Chipping operations are ongoing to reduce the amount of cut vegetation remaining along bulldozer lines. Utility crews are repairing transmission lines damaged by the fire. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is scheduled to arrive at the fire next week to mitigate threats of flooding and soil erosion.
Values at risk remain air quality, private property, utilities (transmission lines) and structures in Missouri Heights, Basalt and El Jebel.

Evacuations and Closures: The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has downgraded all evacuation orders. The threat of the fire reaching these communities has been significantly reduced. However, a pre-evacuation notice remains in effect for El Jebel and Basalt, and area residents should remain vigilant and keep an eye on major weather changes. Please visit the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and emergency alert system for details. Closures in the White River National Forest remain in effect — please see the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms will increase today, followed by a drying trend re-establishing on Wednesday, with lower humidity and occasional erratic winds expected through the week.
Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect on private, state and federal lands in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties. For information on fire restrictions, please visit http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Lake Christine Fire no longer affects flights in and out of Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. A TFR remains in effect around the entire fire area, including restrictions on unmanned aircraft systems (drones).
For air quality and smoke advisory information, please visit https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx, or http://www.purpleair.com

July 12 – 7:34 a.m. – Inciweb post: Lake Christine fire 49 percent contained, 6,345 acres.

July 11 – 7:56 p.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – All mandatory evacs have now been lifted. All residents on Cedar Drive can go home tonight. Checkpoints will remain in place thru the night and will require re-entry tags or ID.
All residents are asked to remain on pre-evacuation alert if conditions change.

#Lakechristinefire – actualización:
Todas las evacuaciones obligatorias han sido levantadas. Todos los residentes en cedar drive pueden regresar a sus hogares esta noche. Los puestos de control permanecen en su lugar a través de la noche y necesitarán etiquetas o ID.

July 11 – 2:08 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire #AirQuality – Winds today will mainly be out of the north, sending smoke to locations south of the fire. Isolated thunderstorms this afternoon could produce erratic and gusty winds. For more information regarding the air quality, visit here.

#LakeChristineFire #CalidadDelAire Los vientos vienen del norte lo cual soplaran el humo del fuego al lado sur del incendio. Tormentas aisladas por la tarde podrían producir vientos erráticos. Para más información sobre la calidad del aire, vaya a http://www.purpleair.com/map .

July 11 – 11:45 a.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – There will be a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Basalt High School. Information will include current fire status and an opportunity for Q&A. Spanish translation will be provided and the meeting will be live streamed here.

#LakeChristineFire- Habrá una reunión comunitaria hoy a las 6:30 pm en Basalt HS. Se les dará información de las condiciones del fuego y tendrán la oportunidad para hacer preguntas. La reunión será traducida en español y será transmitida en vivo en http://www.facebook.com/EagleCountySO .

July 10 – 12:27 p.m.Aspen-Pitkin County Airport post: Commercial flights will be allowed to land and take off from Aspen/Pitkin County Airport starting, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 7 a.m. The TFR remains in effect.

July 10 – 10:46 a.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Health updates:
The mobile intercultural resource alliance (MIRA) bus is on El Jebel Road, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for the next 2 weeks.

MIRA Bus va a estar ​estacionado​ en la calle El Jebel Rd. Lu-Vie, 9 am-4 pm las proximas 2 semanas.

Hoy ofrecen: asistencia y seguridad de la comida, salud mental, calidad de aire, y información para regresar a casa con seguridad

July 10 – 8:45 a.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – 6,180 acres, 39 percent containment.

July 9 – 9:53 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Attn: Communites of El Jebel & Basalt. We were asked to share – “Please Join the fun in thanking🙏🏼our brave Firefighters and first responders!”
When:  Tuesday, July 10
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: On the sidewalks along Hwy 82 & Crown Mt Park!

July 9 – 3:02 p.m. – Roaring Fork School District post:
Summer Programming
The district is resuming all summer programming in Basalt starting Tuesday, July 10. Summer Advantage will reopen at Basalt Elementary School: All times will remain the same, and bus routes will return to normal.

Evacuation center closing
The Red Cross closed the evacuation center at Basalt High School this afternoon. For the latest information about the Lake Christine Fire, go to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EagleCountySO/.

July 9 – 1:21 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: Winds at the fire today will mainly be out of a easterly direction, which would send any smoke to locations west of the fire. Smoke may drain into the Roaring Fork Valley tonight and Tuesday morning, bringing periods of light to moderate smoke to Basalt, El Jebel and Carbondale. More air quality information at www.purpleair.com/map.

#LakeChristineFire. Los vientos vienen del lado este lo cual soplaran el humo del fuego al lado oeste del incendio. El humo se puede mover al Valle de Roaring Fork esta noche y el martes por la mañana, trayendo períodos de humo ligeros a moderados a las areas de Basalt, El Jebel y Carbondale. Pare más información sobre la calidad del aire por favor vaya a www.purpleair.com/map.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District
Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District
Basalt Police Department
photo: The Aspen Times

July 9 – 11:08 a.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: There will be a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight, July 9, at the Basalt High School. Information will include current fire status and an opportunity for questions and answers. Spanish translation will be provided and the meeting will be live streamed on this Facebook page.

#LakeChristineFire- Habra una reunion comunitaria hoy 9 de Julio a las 6:30 pm, en Basalt High School. Se les dara Informacion de las condiciones del fuego y tendran la oprtunidad para hacer preguntas.La reunion sera traducida en espanol y sera transmitida en vivo en la pagina de Facebook.


July 9 – 11:03 a.m.
INCIWEB post: Lake Christine fire update:
Size: 5,916 acres
Containment: 31 percent
Cause: Human-caused
Location: Approximately 1 mile northwest of Basalt, Colorado
Structures destroyed: 3
Total Personnel: 583, including 16 handcrews, 35 engines, 3 water tenders, and 5 helicopters.

The Lake Christine Fire was first reported the evening of July 3. Extremely dry fuels, single digit relative humidity, and strong outflow winds contributed to significant fire growth on the Fourth of July.

Sunday, July 8: Crews completed a lot of good work as they continued to improve fireline, as well as gridding and mopping up hotspots along the fire’s southern and western perimeter. Hand crews continue to make great progress constructing line in steep, treacherous terrain- both around the extreme northwestern finger of the fire and also on the fire’s southeastern flank. Firefighters continue to hold the fire and provide structure protection to property at risk, including keeping a structure protection task force in place at night to watch for spot fires.

Monday, July 9: Crews will continue to mop up and patrol hot spots on the west and southern flanks of the fire, as well as continue work on line construction and improvements along the southeastern and northwestern fire perimeter.
Because the northern end of the fire is still uncontained and located in steep, rugged terrain, the fire will likely continue to spread in that direction for some time. Additionally, within the fire’s existing perimeter, there are both unburned islands of timber, as well as some areas of scrub oak which burned incompletely. These fuels could ignite as areas dry out, so group torching and fire runs in this area are still possible. As a result, smoke will continue to be visible for some time, and if it occurs in the evening, flames or glow could also be visible. Crews are monitoring this activity, but feel free to call our information phone number with any questions or concerns.
Resources Threatened: Private property, infrastructure (transmission lines), and structures in the Missouri Heights, Basalt, and El Jebel remain threatened. The fire is burning on federal and state lands, with natural resources threatened.
Evacuations and Closures: The Garfield County Sheriff’s office rescinded voluntary evacuation orders in the Missouri Heights neighborhood, and the Eagle County Sheriff’s office downgraded many, but not all, evacuation orders. In those areas, the Eagle County Sheriff has implemented a phased approach for re-population of evacuated areas. However, all residents will remain in pre-evacuation status and should remain vigilant – both with respect to potential fire spread and traffic congestion. Please refer to each jurisdiction’s sheriff’s office Facebook pages and emergency alert system for details.
Additionally, White River National Forest closures remain in effect, including the Basalt Mountain and Red Table Road areas; see the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Precipitation occurred over the fire area Sunday afternoon, which will help moderate fire behavior in the short term. However, Monday’s weather is predicted to be warmer and drier. Large, heavy fuels (like the pinyon and juniper woodlands) are still quite dry; such heavy fuels take longer to re-wet than fine fuels, so even after rain events these fuel types can continue to be a source of potential fire spread, especially when exposed to gusty winds.

July 8 – 6:43 p.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: Thank you to everyone who attended or watched tonight’s #LakeChristineFire community meeting. The fire is currently 30percent contained. @RFTA will resume normal routes starting tomorrow, July 9. For additional information, visit http://www.facebook.com/EagleCountySO .

Gracias a todos los que asistieron o vieron la reunión de la comunidad #LakeChristineFire esta noche. El fuego está actualmente contenido en un 30%. @RFTA reanudará las rutas normales a partir de mañana, 9 de julio. Para más información, ház click a http://www.facebook.com/EagleCountySO.

July 8 – 5:50 p.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Visit http://www.facebook.com/EagleCountySO for an update to planned re-entry for evacuation areas tomorrow. Ház click a http://www.facebook.com/EagleCountySO para ver una actualización del reingreso plan para las áreas de evacuación de #LakeChristineFire mañana.

July 8 – 4:40 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Currently has burned 5,900 acres, 30 percent contained.

July 8 – 4:38 p.m. – update to planned re-entry for #LakeChristineFire evacuation areas tomorrow. At 8 a.m., most roads in the Basalt area will open. This now includes Two Rivers Road, Wilderness Road, Promontory Lane, Wild Spring Lane, Ridge Road and Cedar Drive to Piñon Drive.

Cedar Drive will remain closed at the Piñon Drive intersection. Law enforcement officers will provide escorted 20 minute visits for residents wishing to check on their homes and retrieve personal items on upper Cedar Drive and on Piñon Drive beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Upper Cattle Creek also remains closed. 20 minute escorted visits will be provided for residents wishing to check on their homes on Upper Cattle Creek from the blue silo north to Blue Creek Trail will begin at 8 p.m. tonight.

To be escorted into either area, go to the checkpoint with re-entry badges or an ID with a physical address. There is no estimated date of reopening for areas that are still under evacuation. Please note all areas are still under pre-evacuation.

Actualización del reingreso plan para las áreas de evacuación de #LakeChristineFire mañana. A las 8 a.m., se abrirán la mayoría de las carreteras en el área de Basalt. Esto ahora incluye Two Rivers Road, Wilderness Road, Promontory Lane, Wild Spring Lane, Ridge Road y Cedar Drive hasta Piñon Drive.

Cedar Drive permanecerá cerrado en la intersección de Piñon Drive. Los oficiales de la ley proporcionarán visitas escoltadas de 20 minutos para los residentes que deseen revisar sus hogares y recuperar los artículos personales en la parte superior de Cedar Drive y en Piñon Drive a partir de las 10 a.m. de mañana.

Upper Cattle Creek también permanece cerrado. Se proporcionarán visitas escoltadas de 20 minutos para los residentes que deseen revisar sus hogares en Upper Cattle Creek desde el silo azul hacia el norte hasta Blue Creek Trail, que comenzará a las 8 p.m. esta noche.

Para ser escoltado a cualquier área, vaya al punto de control con gafetes de reingreso o una identificación con una dirección física. No hay una fecha estimada de reapertura para las áreas que todavía están bajo evacuación. Tenga en cuenta que todas las áreas aún se encuentran en estado de evacuación previa.

Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District
Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District
Basalt Police Department

http://bit.ly/LakeChristineFire

July 8 – 4:25 p.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire UPDATE on re-entry badging for Monday, July 9 – The location has changed to the El Jebel Mobile Home Park. The hours of operation will remain 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Staff working out of the MIRA mobile resource center will be providing re-entry badges.

ACTUALIZACIÓN sobre gafetes de re-entrada para el lunes 9 de julio: la ubicación ha cambiado a las casas móviles de El Jebel. Las horas de operación serán de 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. El personal que trabaja en el centro de recursos móviles MIRA proporcionará gafetes de re-entrada.

July 8 – 2:35 p.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – UPDATE: Re-entry badging hours for tomorrow will be 9a – 1p only.

Gafetes de Re-entrada está disponible a la escuela de Basalt HS hasta las 3 p y estará allá mañana de 9a-1p.

July 8: 12:40 p.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – There will be a public information meeting TONIGHT, Sunday, July 8, at the Basalt High School at 5 p.m. Current fire information and an update on evacuation status will be provided. The meeting will be live streamed at http://www.facebook.com/EagleCountySO .

Habrá una reunión de información pública ESTA NOCHE, 8 de julio, en la Escuela Secundaria de Basalt a las 5 p.m. Se proporcionará información actual sobre el incendio y una actualización sobre el estado de evacuación. La reunión se transmitirá en vivo a http://www.facebook.com/EagleCountySO .

July 8  – 10:45 a.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post:
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, mandatory evacuations for the #LakeChristineFire on most roads within the Town of Basalt will be lifted, with the exception of Lake Christine Road, Wilderness Road, Promontory Lane, Wild Spring Lane, Cedar Drive and Pinion Drive.

A partir de las 8 a.m. del lunes, se levantarán las evacuaciones obligatorias del #LakeChristineFire en la mayoría de las carreteras dentro de la ciudad de Basalt, a excepción de Lake Christine Road, Wilderness Road, Promontory Lane, Wild Spring Lane, Cedar Drive y Pinion Drive.

July 7 – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office – see the image below for information on how to support firefighters working on the #LakeChristineFire.

APOYANDO A LOS BOMBEROS FORESTALES EN EL INCENDIO DE LAKE CHRISTINE: COMO AYUDAR A LAS BOTAS EN EL SUELO

GRACIAS! Apreciamos el apoyo y generosidad de la comunidad! El enfoque de nuestros equipos es la misión en la supresión del fuego mientras mantenemos la seguridad de los bomberos y el público que es nuestra prioridad número uno.

AQUI LE TENEMOS COMO MOSTRAR APOYO Nuestro equipo forestal está bien equipado. Después de varias preguntas de donaciones, aquí están las sugerencias
• Publique notas de agradecimiento en la comunidad o media social. Esto es un gran impulso moral después de un largo día!
• Escriba notas de agradecimiento a los bomberos. Los puede dejar en el puesto de comando de incidente para que los puedan compartir.
• Donar tarjetas postales estampadas, para los bomberos para que las envíen a su familia. Puede dejar las tarjetas en el centro de incidentes para que los puedan distribuir a los bomberos
• Escriba cartas de agradecimiento a las familias de los bomberos. Ponerlos en sobres en blanco estampados. Después de los informes o después de turnos, los bomberos pueden enviar cartas a sus padres, hijos (as), conyugues, etc.
RECUERDEN QUE LA LUCHA CONTRA INCENDIOS ES UN TRABAJO DE TIEMPO COMPLETO Una vez que el fuego este apagado, su departamento de bomberos aun esta allí lidiando con los efectos del incendio forestal. Considere hacer donaciones o registrarse como voluntario en su departamento de incendios
APOYO FINANCIERO
Considere apoyo financiero en las organizaciones locales de su preferencia. Podría considerar su donación en los siguientes lugares:
• The Aspen Community Foundation (aspencommunityfoundation.org)
• The Salvation Army en Glenwood Springs (Karen Lee 970-945-6976)
• Fundación de Wildland Firefighter (https://wffoundation.org)
LO QUE NO ACEPTAREMOS
Ropa – tenemos estándares federales para equipos de protección para nuestros bomberos de incendios forestales.
Alimentos, incluidos productos horneados y/o dulces – Estamos obligados a seguir normas de regulaciones alimenticias, y tenemos reglas nacionales para la nutrición de bomberos. Este seguro, alimentamos a nuestros bomberos tres comidas al día y les proveemos aperitivos.

Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District
Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District


July 7 – 1 pm
Eagle County Sheriff’s Office – update on the #LakeChristineFire – Currently, 1,793 people are still under a mandatory evacuation notice. Population numbers are based on U.S. Census data. 664 total homes are currently impacted by the evacuation based on a June 2017 flyover image. It is estimated that 782 people across 279 houses have been able to return home.

Actualización en #LakeChristineFire – actualmente, 1,793 personas están bajo evacuación obligatoria. Números de populación están basados en la información de Censos de U.S. Un total de 664 hogares están actualmente impactados por las evacuaciones basadas en imagen de trasvolar del 2007. Es estimado que 782 personas en 279 casa han podido regresar a sus hogares.

Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District
Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

Follow Lake Christine Fire on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5895/

July 7 – 12:42 pm – There will be a public information meeting TONIGHT, Saturday, July 7th, at the Basalt High School at 5:00 p.m. Current fire information and an update on evacuation status will be provided. The meeting will be live streamed on this Facebook page. http://www.eaglecounty.us/Sheriff/

Hay una reunión de información de público esta noche, Sábado, 7 de julio, en localidad de Colegio de Basalt a las 5 en la tarde. Información de incendio y evacuaciones van a compartir. Va hacer “livestream” en esta página de Facebook también.
http://www.eaglecounty.us/Sheriff/

July 7 – 11:02 am – #LakeChristineFire – update for Black Hills Energy gas services. Please call (888) 890-5554 and press #1 to speak with an operator as if you are having a gas leak. Please note that Black Hills Energy technicians have been going door to door to contact residents as well and are working to accommodate needs.

#LakeChristineFire- Actualización del servicio de Gas Black Hills Energy. Por favor llamar al (888) 890-5554 y poner la opcion #1 para hablar con un operador como si tuviera una fuga de gas.

Por favor tome en cuenta que los técnicos de Black Hills Energy también an estado pasando puerta por puerta para contactar a los residentes y están trabajando en acomodar sus necesidades.

July 7 – 10 amEagle County Sheriff’s Office –  #LakeChristineFire: Air Quality Health Advisory & Monitor In El Jebel.

There is an air quality health advisory in place due to wildfire smoke from the Lake Christine Fire. Areas along Highway 82 from Basalt to Carbondale and surrounding areas have been impacted. Wildfire smoke may reach unhealthy levels. If visibility is less than 5 miles in your neighborhood, avoid outdoor activity and keep indoor air clean or consider relocating temporarily.

Residents and visitors in the Basalt area can find local real-time air quality readings by viewing the map at www.purpleair.com. This monitor is a snapshot of air quality at a fixed location. Please remember that air quality can change quickly depending on your location, winds, and fire activity. In addition, some people may be more sensitive to smoke in the air, even if the monitor indicates the air quality is good or moderate. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly. Please use good judgement to determine if you should remain indoors.

Hay una advertencia de la salud sobre la calidad del aire en efecto debido a las lumbres de Lake Christine Fire. Áreas a lo largo de la autopista 82 de Basalt a Carbondale han sido afectadas. Humo de las lumbres puede alcanzar niveles malos para la salud. Sí visibilidad es menos de 5 millas en su vecindario, evite actividad afuera y permanezca adentro y mantenga el aire limpio y considere reubicación temporalmente.

Residentes y visitantes en el área de Basalt pueden encontrar calidad de aire local y en tiempo real viendo la mapa a www.purpleair.com. Este monitor es un resumen breve para una ubicación fija. Por favor recuerda que la calidad de aire puede cambiar con rapidez dependiente de tu ubicación, viento, y actividad del fuego. En adición, algunas personas pueden ser más sensibles al humo en el air, aún que el monitor indica que la calidad del aire es bueno o moderado. Esto es especialmente verdad para esas personas con enfermedades de corazón, enfermedades respiratorias, personas muy jóvenes, y los ancianos. Por favor usar su mejor criterio para determinar si usted debe permanecer adentro.

https://www.purpleair.com/

July 7 – 9:28 am – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office – #LakeChristineFire – Re-entry passes will be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Basalt High School. Those with a current photo ID with their current address will not need to obtain a re-entry tag to return home once evacuation notices for their area have been lifted. Those who do not have an ID verifying their current address will need to obtain a re-entry tag before attempting to access their neighborhood.

Please note that evacuations have only been lifted for areas north of Hwy 82 and west of El Jebel Road. Upper Cattle Creek Road remains closed.

#LakeChristineFire – Pases de re-entrada serán disponibles de 10 a.m. a 8 p.m. el día de hoy en la escuela secundaria de Basalto. Las personas que tengan una identificación con foto y que tenga su dirección actual no necesitaran los pases de re-entrada para regresar a sus hogares una vez que las noticias de evacuaciones han sido levantadas. Las personas que no tengan una identificación para verificar su dirección tendrán que obtener un pase de re-entrada antes de intentar regresar a sus hogares.

Por favor note que las evacuaciones solo han sido levantadas en las áreas norte de la carretera 82 y oeste de la carretera El Jebel. Parte de arriba de la carretera Cattle Creek aún sigue cerrada.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District
Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District

July 6 – 6:56 pm – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office – #LakeChristineFire – At 7 p.m. tonight, road closures and mandatory evacuation orders will be lifted, for residents only, for the area north of Highway 82 and west of El Jebel Road/Upper Cattle Creek road to the Garfield County line. Upper Cattle Creek Road will remain closed, as will any roads only accessible by Upper Cattle Creek Road. This will allow approximately 150 evacuated families to return to their homes. All other evacuation orders are still in place. Re-entry credentials will be necessary to access the area. If you have not been able to get a re-entry card yet, a valid driver’s license or other documentation of physical address will be accepted. Re-entry tags will be available for pickup at Basalt High School until 8 p.m. this evening, and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Residents who subscribe to gas through Black Hills Energy will need to contact them at 800-563-0012 to have the gas turned back on. Roving patrols will be conducted overnight to ensure the safety of properties and residents. The latest fire perimeter map and road closures can be seen at http://bit.ly/LakeChristineFire.

A las 7 p.m. hoy, carreteras cerradas y evacuaciones obligatorios van hacer levantadas, para residentes solamente, para las áreas al notre de la carretera 82 y al oeste de El Jebel Road/Upper Cattle Creek Road a la línea del condado de Garfield. Upper Cattle Creek Road siguen cerradas, igual que carreteras accesibles por Upper Cattle Creek Road. Esto va a permitir que aproximadamente 150 familias evacuadas pueden regresar a sus hogares. Las otras ordenes de evacuación siguen. Credenciales para reentrar van hacer necesarios en este area. Si no han podido sacar credenciales para reentrar, acceptamos una licencia valida para manejar o otros documentos con su dirección física. Credenciales para reentrar van estar disponible en la escuela secundaria de Basalt hasta las 8:00 p.m. hoy, y el Sabado de 10:00 a.m. hasta las 8:00 p.m. Residentes que tienen servicios de gas con Black Hills Energy necesitan llamar a 800-563-0012 para iniciar su servicio de nuevo. Patrullas internantes van hacer conducidos durante la noche para asegurar las propiedades y residentes. Las últimas perímetros del fuego y cerraduras se pueden ver en el mapa aquí: http://bit.ly/LakeChristineFire.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District
Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District


July 6 – 6:06 pm
– Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

Comcast has opened up more than 1,100 WiFi hotspots to help residents and emergency personnel stay connected throughout the areas impacted by the Lake Christine fire. XFINITY WiFi hotspots are available for free to anyone who needs them – including non-XFINITY customers.

Comcast ha abierto más de 1.100 puntos de conexión WiFi para ayudar a los residentes y al personal de emergencia a mantenerse conectados en todas las áreas impactadas por el incendio del lago Christine. Los hotspots WiFi de XFINITY están disponibles de forma gratuita para cualquier persona que los necesite, incluidos los clientes que no sean XFINITY. #LakeChristineFire Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

https://colorado.comcast.com/2018/07/05/comcast-provides-free-xfinity-wifi-hotspots-to-aid-residents-and-emergency-personnel-during-lake-christine-fire/

July 6 – 6 pm – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Click below to watch tonight’s update meeting in HD or stand by and we will share the Facebook Live feed from The Aspen Times.

Ház click abajo para ver la junta actualizada en HD y nosotros compartimos en el sitio de Facebook Live de The Aspen Times.

https://player.cloud.wowza.com/hosted/1pdstz4m/player.html

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District
Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District

July 6 – 5:53 pm – from PitkinAlert: 
Though the risk of power loss is diminishing, fire behavior is unpredictable and we are preparing for all possibilities. If power is lost, cell phone towers will go down as well. If you have an emergency during the outage, 1) Call 911 from your cell phone, it may still go through, 2) Call from a landline, most will still work without power, 3) Proceed to the nearest Fire Station and call from the emergency phone.

Aunque el riesgo de pérdida de potencia está disminuyendo, el comportamiento del fuego es impredecible y nos estamos preparando para todas las posibilidades. Si se pierde energía, las torres de teléfonos celulares también se apagarán. Si tiene una emergencia durante la interrupción, 1) Llame al 911 desde su teléfono celular, aún puede pasar, 2) Llame desde un teléfono fijo, la mayoría seguirá funcionando sin electricidad, 3) Proceda a la estación de bomberos más cercana y llame desde el Teléfono de emergencia.


July 6 – 4:30 p.m.
Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire: Evacuados necesitando ropa: Rifle Lift Up Thrift. Camion disponible del refugio de Basalt a las 9:30 a.m Sab. y 1 p.m Dom. Trabajadores pueden dar un “voucher para ropa” para las victimas del fuego. Los que tienen su propio auto pueden ir Martes a Sabado 10-5.

July 6 – 4:11 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Evacuees needing clothing: Rifle Lift Up Thrift store. Bus available from the Basalt shelter at 9:30 a.m. Sat. and 1 p.m., Sunday. Staff can provide a “clothing voucher” for victims of fire. Those with their own car can visit during normal hours Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

July 6 – 3:33 pm – Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District post: The Orchard is still open for evacuees in Carbondale. Furry friends are also welcome. #LakeChristineFire

July 6 – 3:22 pm – Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District post: Here is another source for information on the #LakeChristineFire

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5895/43710/

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5895/

July 6 – 3:14 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire- Residentes evacuados también pueden registrarse para credenciales manana 07.07.18 de las 10 a.m a las 8 p.m en la escuela /refugio de Basalt. Favor de traer su identificación con foto. Por favor recuerden que las evacuaciones no han sido levantados!

July 6 – 3:09 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Evacuated residents can register for re-entry tags tomorrow, July 7, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Basalt High School shelter; 600 Southside Drive, in Basalt. Please bring a photo ID. Remember that no evacuation orders have been lifted at this time!

July 6 – 2:05 p.m.Roaring Fork School District update:

Athletic Field Watering
The Town of Basalt issued Stage 2 water restrictions on Thursday, July 6, to maintain an adequate water supply in the fire suppression tank during the Lake Christine fire. The Roaring Fork Schools have been able to continue watering its Basalt athletic fields during the restrictions because the water being used comes from a private well and an irrigation ditch. Neither of these sources are connected to the town’s water or the fire suppression tank. The Roaring Fork Schools have confirmed with town staff that watering its athletic fields will not compromise the town’s fire suppression capabilities.

The district completed extensive maintenance work on the Basalt athletic fields earlier this summer, including re-seeding. Watering these fields at this point is critical because successful seed germination requires the top dress treatment to be consistently damp. This work, as well as the many young plantings recently installed as part of the bond program, are the result of a significant taxpayer investment in the Basalt school campuses. Town Manager Ryan Mahoney pointed out that the Basalt Municipal Code provides an exception for newly landscaped areas if it is determined that failure to exclude would result in the destruction of the newly landscaped area. Even so, because the water comes from a different source than that utilized in fire suppression, the district is able to continue watering to protect the community’s investment.

“We are committed to working responsively with local authorities to conserve water and preserve the fields,” said Superintendent Rob Stein. “Our playing fields are community assets, and we want to be good stewards of them. Our fields are used year-round by Basalt residents and programs.”

Evacuation center consolidation
The Red Cross is consolidating evacuation centers this afternoon. The Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) evacuation site will be closed at approximately 3 p.m. today, and the evacuees currently at RFHS will be moved to Basalt High School.

Summer programming
The district continues to focus efforts and resources on supporting the evacuation centers. All summer programming and activities held at Basalt schools remain cancelled on Monday, July 9. There will be activities for Basalt Summer Advantage students at Crystal River Elementary School (CRES) in Carbondale from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 9. Transportation and meals will be provided. Families can call CRES for more information at 970-384-5620.

For the latest information about the Lake Christine Fire, go to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

July 6 – 1:28 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Actualización de refugio: La Cruz Roja está cerrando el refugio Roaring Fork High School a las 3 p.m. y relocando a todos los residentes en el refugio de la Escuela Secundaria de Basalt. RFTA proporcionará autobuses entre las escuelas a las 3 p.m., 5 p.m. y 7 p.m.

July 6 – 1:25 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire shelter update:
The Red Cross is closing the Roaring Fork High School shelter at 3 p.m., and consolidating all residents to the Basalt High School shelter. RFTA will provide buses between the schools at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m.

July 6 – 1:24 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Public Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. Basalt High School. Spanish translation provided on site. Follow Facebook LIVE coverage. The incident website where we will post updates in addition to Facebook is on Inciweb.

July 6 – 11:44 a.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – NO evacuation orders for Eagle County have been lifted. If you have a “re-entry tag,” this does not allow re-entry until evacuations have been lifted. This is for everyone’s safety! Thank you for everyone’s patience!

July 6 – 11:44 a.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Las órdenes de evacuación para el Condado de Eagle siguen. Usted puede recivir su “etiqueta de reingreso,” esto NO permite el reingreso hasta que se hayan levantado la orden de evacuaciones. ¡Esto es por seguridad de todos! ¡Gracias por su paciencia!

July 6 – 11:29 a.m.Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office post: Mandatory evacuations for the Lake Christine Fire are still in place. Even if you have a re-entry badge, you must wait for official notification before trying to return to evacuated areas. Everywhere that was under official evacuation order is still closed. Watch Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Facebook and Twitter for further info.

July 6 – 10:43 a.m. Garfield County Public Health wildfire smoke update:

The air quality health advisory for wildfire smoke issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment remains in effect until 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 7. The advisory only applies to the town of Carbondale and southeastern Garfield County. This morning, Garfield County’s air quality monitor in Carbondale is reading levels in the “Moderate” category of the EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI).

What does the “moderate” category mean for you? Only unusually sensitive individuals should consider limiting outdoor activity and remain in clean indoor air environments. If you were thinking of going for a hike or letting the kids play outside today, feel it out. Stay at an easy effort level for that bike ride. The presence of some visible haze does not mean air quality is unhealthy or hazardous.

However, air quality conditions during a wildfire event can change rapidly. Smoke may accumulate in your area depending on fire behavior and weather conditions. Keep an eye on the 5-mile visibility index. If the air quality is affecting your breathing, avoid outdoor activity and keep indoor air clean.

July 6 – 10:30 a.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office update: Lake Christine fire evacuation lifted for Garfield County residents.

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – The combined efforts of local first responders and the efforts of the Type 2 Incident Command Team called in by Eagle County, the immediate danger to the residents of Missouri Heights, living in Garfield County has lessened significantly. The Lake Christine Fire is still very active however the voluntary evacuation of the Missouri Heights area in Garfield County has been lifted.

The area road closures will move to the County line between Eagle and Garfield County at Heather and Fender Lane. It is important to note that the mandatory evacuation for Missouri Heights in Eagle County is still in full effect.

The area will be re-opened to residents effective immediately. Please be prepared to verify your residence destination if asked. Persons not living in the area are asked to refrain from traveling in or out of the area unless absolutely necessary. This is important to allow local and emergency traffic adequate entry and egress. For those residents returning home it is recommended that you assure your reverse 911 notification access is current with dispatch. Call 970-625-8095 for further information. Be alert to your surroundings, as always, and aware of changing weather conditions. Understand that the air quality in this area will be significantly compromised at times due to the proximity of the fire.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the area residents for their cooperation during the evacuation as well as local residents for opening their homes and donating supplies and shelter for those in need. We would also like to thank the first responders who have worked, and are continuing to work, to keep us safe. Our appreciation also extends to the staff in Eagle County and their Sheriff’s Office for their continued efforts in addressing this fire, as well as the Type 2 Incident Command Team currently managing the Lake Christine Fire Operations.

107 Eighth Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
970-945-0453 970-945-6430 (fax) http://www.garcosheriff.com
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
The mission of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is to provide solutions for the people through professional, ethical and compassionate conduct.

July 6 – 10:27 a.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post on drones: #LakeChristineFire
Please help spread the word. The public is reminded never to fly drones, or “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)” over or near wildfires. Unauthorized drone flights pose serious risks to firefighter and public safety, and the effectiveness of wildfire-suppression operations. If an unauthorized drone is detected flying over or near a wildfire, fire managers may have to ground all helicopters, airtankers and other aerial firefighting aircraft. This can cause wildfires to become larger and more costly and to unduly threaten lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources. For more information on drones and wildfires, visit this website.
#NoDronesInFireZones #IfYouFlyWeCant #COWildfire

July 6 –  9:20 a.m. Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post:

#LakeChristineFire – residents that have been evacuated need to register for a re-entry tag starting today at 10:30 a.m. at the Basalt High School shelter; 600 Southside Drive, in Basalt. Please bring a photo ID if you have one.

Thank you everyone for your patience as we gather all the details from our morning briefings and prepare a complete update coming very soon.

Please remember that no evacuation orders have been lifted at this time!

#LakeChristineFire: los residentes que han sido evacuados deben registrarse para recibir una etiqueta de reingreso a partir de las 10:30 a.m. en el refugio de la Escuela Secundaria de Basalt; 600 Southside Drive, en Basalt. Por favor traiga una identificación con foto si tiene

Gracias a todos por su paciencia mientras reunimos todos los detalles de nuestras reuniones informativas de la mañana y preparamos una actualización completa próximamente.

July 5 – 8:08 pm – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office – Thanks to everyone who attended or watched tonight’s community meeting. We apologize for the technical difficulties and will post a link to the full ​video ​as soon as possible. Here are answers to the top questions we heard:

Fire Status
The #LakeChristineFire is now at 5,263 acres and is still 0% contained. Winds continue to be erratic, so we can not predict which way the fire is going.

Evacuation Status
All evacuation orders are still in place. We still do not know when it will be safe to allow evacuees to return home. Please know that saving lives and property are top priorities.

Once evacuation orders are lifted, we are working on a method to ensure only residents of those areas are allowed to enter. This is for neighborhood safety and security. More details will be shared as the process is refined for re-entry.

​Thank you again for your support. Information officers will resume sharing public information tomorrow morning unless conditions change.​

July 5 – 7:06 pm – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Community meeting tonight at 6 p.m. video – please click on the link to watch tonight’s community meeting. This will open a new window. If you experience technical difficulties, we apologize for the inconvenience.
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July 5 – 5:45 p.m. – Fairgrounds cancels reigning event, houses displaced animals from Lake Christine Fire
Garfield County post – The Garfield County Fairgrounds is housing animals displaced by the Lake Christine Fire, and at this time, has received and is expecting approximately 100 large animals to be housed in stalls or pens. This is only a portion of the number of animals that may be accepted at the fairgrounds in Rifle, and the facility is preparing to receive and will answer phones 24/7 as needed during the fire operations.

Garfield County is working collaboratively with a Type 2 Incident Command Team, Eagle County Emergency Operations Center, and a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officer to prepare cages in the fairgrounds North Hall for smaller animals, including dogs and cats, chickens or ducks, as needed by evacuees. The evacuation centers at area schools are not prepared to handle incoming animals, so evacuees are asked to bring their animals to the Garfield County Fairgrounds.

Garfield County has a process for accepting animals, including a form identifying the animal and how it will be cared for in the event it shows signs of illness. Please register your animal upon arrival. The Type 2 team The team will coordinate the intake and release process for this incident. They will be responsible for all record keeping and resource dispersion, as well as evaluation.

Currently, the fairgrounds does not need volunteers to help care for the animals. Also, with extensive gratitude for feed buckets offered to the fairgrounds, staff indicates no further need at this point for donated buckets. The fairgrounds is still in need of hay, grass or grass seed mix only; no lawn clippings, please, and no alfalfa. Donated hay will be tracked and any unused hay returned to the corresponding owners once the incident has passed.

The fairgrounds has cancelled a Western Slope Reigning Horse Association event planned this weekend to accommodate animals from evacuees. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

July 5 – 4:49 p.m. – Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District post: As of 4 p.m. today, the #LakeChristineFire is 5,263 acres – Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District.

July 5 – 4:38 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire – Community meeting tonight at 6 p.m.@ Basalt High School. Watch live here. @RFTA will provide bus for Roaring Fork High School at 5:30 p.m. to meeting and return after. Spanish interpretation will be provided on site.

#LakeChristineFire – Reunión comunitaria esta noche a las 6 p.m. @ Basalt High School. Mire. @RFTA proporcionará un autobús para la Preparatoria Roaring Fork a las 5:30 p.m. para reunirse y regresar después. Interpretación en español disponible en el sitio.

July 5 – 4:06 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: #LakeChristineFire  Be prepared: Power outages may occur and last up to 72 hours due to damaged electrical lines. For more information, and to be prepared, please visit the FEMA website.

July 5 – 3:20 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: All three homeowners whose homes were lost in the #LakeChristineFire have been notified. No other structures have been lost.

July 5 – 2:55 p.m. – Smoke alert for Garfield County: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an air quality health advisory due to wildfire smoke from the Lake Christine fire near Basalt and El Jebel. Wildfire smoke may reach unhealthy levels. If visibility is less than 5 miles in your neighborhood, avoid outdoor activity and keep indoor air clean or consider relocating temporarily. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly.
We encourage residents to continue to visit our website to get current information on air quality.
Residents are also advised to take the following precautions to keep indoor air clean during smoke events:
– Close the fresh-air intake for central air systems and avoid use of swamp coolers.
– Buy a portable air cleaner that has high efficiency filters and is the right size for the room.
– Avoid activities that add to indoor air pollution. Don’t vacuum, burn candles, or use cooking methods that produce smoke.
Residents can sign-up to receive air quality advisories from CDPHE.
Garfield County also strongly encourages registering on Everbridge, the county’s Emergency Notification System for fire information. Alerts may be distributed when air quality reaches levels that are unhealthy.

July 5 – 4:29 p.m.Colorado Mountain College update: Please note that Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley is open only with limited essential staff. No classes are in session on the campus at this time.

Until further notice, the college’s locations in Glenwood Springs (the Glenwood Center), Carbondale (the Lappala Center) and Aspen ARE open for classes, with these three exceptions: ESL classes in Basalt and Aspen, and fitness classes in Basalt will NOT be held through Monday.

In addition, the art opening planned for the evening of July 5 at CMC Aspen is postponed indefinitely.

As we have seen, conditions are rapidly changing with this fire, and some classes might still need to be cancelled. If a student has any questions about whether their class will be held, they should contact their instructor or campus.

Our apologies for any confusion.

July 5 – 2:34 p.m.Colorado Mountain College post: As of noon Thursday, July 5, the Lake Christine Fire burning near Basalt and El Jebel has reached approximately 4,900 acres. It is not yet in immediate proximity to any of our campuses, but as conditions are changing fast we are closely monitoring the situation. We have been told to be prepared for possible power outages, as well as to be prepared if the evacuation areas should expand or shift.

To better help firefighters and other officials maintain access to Highway 82, CMC encourages our employees and students to stay off Highway 82 between Carbondale and Aspen.

To support this effort, CMC campuses in Spring Valley, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Aspen are open only with limited essential staff, through Monday. This means the following classes are cancelled: ESL classes in Basalt and Aspen, and fitness classes in Basalt.

In addition, the art opening planned for the evening of July 5 at CMC Aspen is postponed indefinitely.

Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy’s (CLETA) limited remaining coursework will be conducted off campus; students will be notified by their instructor. The Vet Tech farm is initiating pre-evacuation procedures for animal safety, purely as a precaution. If other classes can be completed in a different location, students will be notified by their instructors.

As we receive more updates about fire suppression needs, we will revisit these campus closures. Note that the college’s central administrative offices in downtown Glenwood Springs remain open.

The college is cooperating with local authorities to the extent we are able to offer support and available facilities during this challenging time.

Please be safe!

For the latest information (including a link to a map showing the perimeter of the fire), please go to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office web page. Or on the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

July 5 – 2:16 p.m.Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post: For those with questions about where to contribute to support those impacted by the #LakeChristineFire – the Aspen Community Foundation has set up a donation link on its website.

July 5 – 1:51 p.m.Roaring Fork School District post: As of late Wednesday, July 4, a second evacuation site was opened at Roaring Fork High School as the Lake Christine Fire spread and additional evacuation orders were issued. Basalt High School was opened as an evacuation center on Tuesday, July 3 and remains open.
In order to focus efforts and resources on supporting the evacuation centers, the Roaring Fork schools are cancelling all summer programming and activities held at Basalt schools until further notice. However, there will be activities for Basalt Summer Advantage students at Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, July 6. Transportation and meals will be provided. The Roaring Fork Schools will share more information regarding Summer Advantage programming for next week as plans are finalized. The school district is working with other program partners to find alternative locations.
In response to concerns about immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) at evacuation centers, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement reassuring community members that there is no cause for concern. The Roaring Fork Schools also emphasize that its schools remain safe for everyone.
“Everyone who has been evacuated is welcome at one of the high schools for a safe place to stay,” said Superintendent Rob Stein. “Our schools continue to be safe havens for all as they serve as evacuation sites.”
There has been an outpouring of support and donations. At this time, the Red Cross has an adequate number of volunteers and supplies at the evacuation centers and is having difficulty managing additional offers and deliveries. The Red Cross will do a call for specific volunteers or supplies if and when there is a need. Those who want to make monetary contributions are encouraged to contact the Salvation Army, which is coordinating all donation efforts for this fire. Call 970-748-0704 for more information.
For the latest information about the Lake Christine Fire, go to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

July 5 – 12:16 p.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office update: is currently being estimated at 4,900 acres, is 0% contained, with no further structures or homes lost. All evacuation orders are still in effect.

July 5 – 11:55 a.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post:  Rumores de ICE (migracion) esta afuera de los refugios, esta informacion es cumpletamente falsa, Porfavor valla si necesita ayuda o contactenos para cualquier informacion o preguntas a 970-445-4911.

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July 5 – 10:21 a.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has a community information line in regard to #LakeChristineFire, and also questions regarding animal evacuations as well 970-510-0705.

July 5 – 9:58 a.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post – Thank you for your numerous offers for donations; your generosity is truly amazing. At this time, the Salvation Army is coordinating donation efforts: (970) 748-0704.

July 5 – 9:20 a.m. – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office post – The #LakeChristineFire grew significantly on July 4th, due to erratic outflow winds, extremely dry fuels, and single digit relative humidity. Local crews worked all night long, performing firing operations and protecting over a hundred homes. Unfortunately, three homes were destroyed during the extreme fire behavior and prolific ember shower.

The fire grew so much that an accurate size estimate is not yet available. Mike Almas’ Northern Rockies Incident Management Team began managing the fire this morning and will continue to coordinate with Eagle County Emergency Operations Center, the Eagle County Sheriff’s office, and all other cooperating agencies.

Today’s predicted weather includes increased relative humidity, which should help moderate fire behavior. Crews are continuing to patrol and engage the fire today, as well as assessing the private property and infrastructure values.

For urgent information regarding this incident you can contact our joint information center at 970-445-4911.

For fire information you can call 970-510-0705.

El lago Christine Fire creció significativamente el 4 de Julio debido a los vientos erráticos, los combustibles extremadamente secos y la humedad relativa de un dígito. Los equipos locales trabajaron toda la noche realizando operaciones de disparos y protegiendo a más de cien hogares. Desafortunadamente tres casas fueron destruidas durante el fuego extremo y la lluvia de ascuas prolífica.
Llamando para discutir antes de publicar.

El fuego creció tanto que aún no está disponible una estimación de tamaño precisa. El equipo de manejo de incidentes de Northern Rockies de Mike Almas comenzó a manejar el fuego esta mañana y continuará coordinando con el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Condado de Eagle la oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Eagle y todas las demás agencias cooperantes.

El clima predicho de hoy incluye un aumento de la humedad relativa, lo que debería ayudar a moderar el comportamiento del fuego. Los equipos continúan patrullando e involucrando el fuego hoy, así como también evaluando la propiedad privada y los valores de la infraestructura.

Para obtener información general sobre este incidente, puede comunicarse con nuestro centro de información conjunta al 970-445-4911.

July 5 – 9:40 a.m. –  GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – Areas of Garfield County in the Missouri Heights area north of Highway 82 and east of County Road 100 to upper Cattle Creek are under Voluntary evacuation orders, with all of Eagle County under mandatory evacuation orders in the Missouri Heights area. People in Garfield County are encouraged to gather their belongings and err on the side of caution by evacuating at this time. The nature of the fire is unpredictable and a turn in weather conditions, local ambient conditions or available fuel sources could alter the course of the fire at any time. This happened last evening and the new direction required an immediate change in direction and the re-direction of available resources.

If the fire direction changes again time may be of the essence in leaving your residence immediately. Better to evacuate now in a prepared and orderly fashion and make plans. Closures are currently in place on County Road 100 and County Road 102 in order to maintain and enforce the evacuation orders.

July 5 – 8:21 am  – GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – With the continued spread of the Lake Christine Fire in Eagle County, and now threatening parts of Garfield County, there is a need to provide a rescue and shelter area for large animals. Garfield County has opened the fairgrounds in Rifle for this purpose. Staffing is adequate and volunteers are not needed at this time. The fairgrounds are in need of hay, grass or grass seed mix only; (NO LAWN CLIPPINGS) and no alfalfa. Donated hay will be tracked and any unused hay returned to the corresponding owners, once the incident has passed and the hay is no longer needed. The fairgrounds are also in need of 5-gallon buckets to provide water to the various stock animals as they arrive and after they are on site.

Current intake has been mostly horses but other animals are expected. Loading chutes are available on site and various pins and animal enclosures are being set up. For the intake sheet the Fairgrounds will need to know:

The owner, contact #, address, type of animal, number and vet along with any known injury, health problems or special needs must be provided at intake. If the owner or personal Vet cannot be contacted or make it to the Fairgrounds another Vet will be contacted to care for the animal at the owners expense.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone for their assistance and cooperation during this challenge to our community.

July 5 – 6:40 am –  EAGLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE statement: We know everyone is anxiously awaiting new information, but please be patient. We’re transitioning to a Type 2 Incident Management Team this morning & will have updates after morning briefing.

At this time no one will be allowed back into the evacuated areas. Crews will be going back in now that it’s getting light & will evaluate. It’s going to take some time for mopup operations to ensure there are no hot spots.

Please understand that these evacuations are for your safety, and will not be lifted until Incident Command is confident that there is no more risk to the community. Be assured that we are working to get you back into your homes as quickly as possible.

Thank you to those who shared pictures of last night’s fire activity; it helped others get an idea of just exactly what we were dealing with. Thanks again for your patience and be safe!

July 5 – 3:35 am – #LakeChristineFire from Garfield Alert – update to evacuation requirements – residents of Cerise Ranch and the Dakotas are under VOLUNTARY evacuation only at this time. The mandatory evacuation is limited to the Kings Row area only. Residents of voluntary evacuations may return home if you choose.

July 5 – 1:50 am – From Garfield Alert – Mandatory Evacuation
Mandatory Evacuation orders have been issued for the Kings Row area and south to Highway 82. Evacuate to the west via Catherine’s Store Road and Highway 82. Shelters at Basalt High School and Roaring Fork High School. 

De Garfield Alert – evacuación obligatoria
Obligatorio órdenes de evacuación se han emitido para el área de Kings Row y al sur de la autopista 82. Evacuar hacia el oeste a través de Catherine’s Store Road y la autopista 82. Refugios en Basalt High School y Roaring Fork High School.

July 5 – 1:20 am – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office – ***Urgent!***We are recommending voluntary evacuation of areas in Garfield County north of Highway 82 and east of CR 100 ( Catherine Store Road) to Cottonwood Pass.

July 5 – 1:05 am – From Garfield County Alerts – Voluntary Evacuation Notice
Residents north of Highway 82 and east of County Road 100 are now under voluntary evacuations. Shelter set up at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. Updates will be sent as they are available.

De Garfield Alert – Aviso de evacuación voluntaria
Los residentes al norte de la autopista 82 y al este de County Road 100 están ahora bajo evacuaciones voluntarias. Refugio establecido en Roaring Fork High School en Carbondale. Las actualizaciones se enviarán a medida que estén disponibles.

July 5 – 12:51 – #LakeChristineFire
This is a notification from Pitkin Alert: 
MISSOURI HEIGHTS RESIDENTS ARE UNDER MANDATORY EVACUATION NOTICE. ALL RESIDENTS IN MISSOURI HEIGHTS SHOULD EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. EVACUATE VIA FENDER LN TO CATHERINE STORE RD, THEN TAKE HIGHWAY 82. ROARING FORK HIGH SCHOOL HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AS A SHELTER.

Esta es una notificación de Pitkin Alert:
LOS RESIDENTES DE MISSOURI HEIGHTS ESTÁN BAJO NOTIFICACIÓN DE EVACUACIÓN OBLIGATORIA. TODOS LOS RESIDENTES EN MISSOURI LAS ALTURAS DEBEN EVACUARSE INMEDIATAMENTE. EVACUAR VIA FENDER LN A CATHERINE STORE RD, LUEGO HAGA H 82. ROARING FORK HIGH SCHOOL HA SIDO ESTABLECIDO COMO UN REFUGIO.

July 5 – 12:41 pm – Residents in Garfield County north of Highway 82 and east of County Road 100 should prepare to evacuate. This is a PRE-EVACUATION notice only. Updates will be sent as they become available.

July 5 – 12:40 pm – Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle can accommodate large animals for evacuees. At this time, there are 140 stalls available – people can show up and put the animals into available stalls or pens. The entire fairgrounds will be unlocked for animals to come to the fairgrounds.

July 5 – 12:28 pm – #LakeChristineFire All residences in Eagle County in the Missouri Heights area are to evacuate to Roaring Fork High School. Take Fender to County Road 100 to evacuate.

July 4 – 11:45 pm – #LakeChristineFire
We are pleased to report that backburning operations were successful near the El Jebel mobile home park. There is currently no more active progress of the fire in that direction and crews have been able to prevent the fire from crossing Highway 82. They have a long night ahead of them, but winds appear to be easing which should aid firefighting efforts. Evacuations remain in place, and road closures are still in effect.

July 4 – 11:36 pm – #LakeChristineFire animals can not be taken to the evacuation center at Roaring Fork High School. Alpine Animal Hospital 17776 Old Hwy 82 can take pets and has room for a few horses.

July 4 – 11:18 pm
Due to extreme fire conditions and erratic winds, areas being evacuated are rapidly changing. If you feel unsafe, please evacuate immediately; do not wait to be told to evacuate. We are working to verify details and will update as we receive confirmation from crews in the field.

July 4 – 11:15 pm
The area east of Upper Cattle Creek Rd in Missouri Heights is now under mandatory evacuation status, including Vista Hi Dr, Blue Creek Trail, Blue Creek Overlook. Evacuees should report to Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

July 4 – 11:08 pm
This is a notification from PitkinAlert:
Mandatory Evacuation Order for all homes to the east of Upper Cattle Creek Rd. Evacuation Center is now at Roaring Fork High School. 

10:17 pm July 4 – ANYONE NEAR THE AREA OF THE #LakeChristineFire NEEDS TO BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE.

10:10 pm – July 4 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, AND EXTENDING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, EAGLE COUNTY EMERGENCY OFFICIALS HAVE ISSUED AN EVACUATION ORDER FOR ALL PERSONS LIVING, WORKING, OR TRAVELING IN THE VICINITY OF EL JEBEL MOBILE HOME PARK. THIS AREA IS AT IMMEDIATE RISK FROM WILDFIRE.

EN EFECTO INMEDIATAMENTE, Y HASTA NUEVO AVISO, OFICIALES DE EMERGENCIA DEL CONDADO DE EAGLE HAN EMITIDO UNA ORDEN DE EVACUACIN PARA TODAS LAS PERSONAS QUE VIVEN, TRABAJAN O ESTN VIAJANDO EN EL REA DE EL JEBEL MOBILE HOME PARK. ESTA REA EST EN RIESGO INMEDIATO DE INCENDIO FORESTALL


4:45 pm, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – 
#LakeChristineFire is now estimated to be 2377 acres, and 0% containment with 500 homes evacuated. So far, no homes burned, no injuries and no loss of life. Please continue to follow all evacuation orders and be safe! (Thanks to a more accurate mapping following an infrared overflight.)

A Community Briefing will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Basalt High School, 600 Southside Drive in Basalt.

Please continue to follow the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, as we will share live video feed of the meeting.

NOTE: This will be a community briefing and NOT a Press Conference. Media is welcome to attend but the focus will be on affected community members, so media questions will not be addressed at that time. Media will be given additional opportunities to ask questions at a later date.

FYI – Power to the Roaring Fork Valley above Basalt is at risk due to #LakeChristineFire Prepare for up to a 72 hour outage.

 

10:36 a.m., Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – The Lake Christine Fire has been estimated to be approximately 329 acres. It is moving north towards Basalt Mountain. There are several crews on scene working on fire suppression efforts.

Currently, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Basalt Fire District, Carbondale Fire District, Snowmass Wildcat Fire District, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Aspen Fire Department, United States Forest Service, Upper Colorado River Fire Team, Rifle Helitak, Colorado State Patrol, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Basalt Police Department, Salvation Army, and Red Cross are working collaboratively on this fire.

Due to power transmission lines in the area, expect temporary outages in the upper Roaring Fork Valley throughout this incident.

“The Lake Christine Fire is a high priority fire in the State of Colorado to the values at risk and the power infrastructure located nearby, said Chief Scott Thompson, Incident Commander.”

The evacuation orders that are currently in place will remain in place through the evening with no estimated time for being lifted. All law enforcement and fire agencies are doing all that we can to ensure community safety and we thank everyone for their patience and cooperation with public safety efforts at this time.


Summer programs at Basalt schools cancelled for July 5
Basalt High School is serving as an evacuation site for the Lake Christine Fire, which started on Tuesday, July 3.

“Of course, our greatest concern is for the safety and well-being of our neighbors in Basalt,” said Superintendent Rob Stein. “We are working closely with the Basalt Police Department and Red Cross to offer any support we can.”

The Roaring Fork Schools are cancelling all summer programs and activities happening at Basalt elementary, middle, and high schools tomorrow, July 5, so as to make its resources available to support emergency services and evacuation needs.

“To make sure that the focus can be on emergency efforts, we are closing our school facilities to other programs on Thursday. We will wait and see how events unfold and communicate further as we learn more,” said Stein.


July 3, 9:22 pm: Basalt, Colo. – At approximately 17:52 p.m. on July 3, 2018, Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to the Lake Christine shooting range for the report of a wildland fire.

Upon arrival firefighters found a fire rapidly running up the hillside on the north end of the shooting range.

The fire is approximately 50-60 acres in size and 0% contained. It is burning in pinyon and juniper. Approximately 80 homes are threatened at this time.

Firefighters from Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Snowmass Wildcat Fire District, Aspen Fire Department, Upper Colorado River (UCR) Fire and the Rifle Helitak are on scene. Firefighters are actively fighting the fire, though once it is dark, they will move to monitoring mode.

A Type 2 and Type 3 helicopter are doing bucket drops on the fire and a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) dropping retardant. They will also be working the fire tomorrow.

The follow areas are under an evacuation order by the Basalt Police Department and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office: Original Road, Silverado Dr, Hillcrest Drive, Sagewood Court and the Pineridge area.

The following areas are under a pre-evacuation notice: Big Pinion Drive, Little Pinion Drive and any residence between Aspen Junction and Big Pinion along the north side of Highway 82.

The evacuations are expected to remain in place overnight and will be reassessed in the morning.

The Red Cross is working on an evacuation center for evacuees.

The fire was caused by people shooting tracer rounds. The suspects have been issued a summons in lieu of arrest by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department. There have been no firefighter or civilian injuries.

Information will be released as it becomes available. It is currently being posted on Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District’s Facebook and Twitter, shared by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department. 

Lake Christine Fire

113 Fire in South Canyon near Glenwood Springs

113 Fire - South Canyon4
113 Fire in South Canyon near Glenwood Springs

Aug. 15 – 2:53 p.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office post: 113 Fire listed by BLM as controlled

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has officially declared the 113 Fire controlled as of 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

The final investigation report indicates the fire was an undetermined human cause.

The Glenwood Springs Fire Department and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following agencies for their collaborative efforts.

United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Carbondale Fire, Grand Valley Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Snowmass Fire, Debeque Fire, CDOT, State Patrol, and Glenwood Springs Police Department and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office who by working together enabled relatively quick control of the 113 Fire.

We would also like to thank Local on Cooper, Subway, and City Market for making sure all were fed.

Please continue to use extreme caution in handling of potential ignition sources to help eliminate “human caused” fires during the remainder of this very active wildfire season. Remember, we are still under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions throughout the County.

 

Aug. 9 – 2 p.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office post:

113 Fire – final update – Today as of 1 p.m., the 113 Fire near west Glenwood was considered to be 95% contained. Crews will continue operations today with a goal of 100% containment by day’s end.

Operations will continue for the next several days as hot spots, interior to the fire containment, are addressed and the fire is monitored. No highway or lane closures are anticipated at this time but people passing the area should slow down and use extra caution to keep our ground personnel safe.

It is anticipated that both lanes of westbound I-70 will be open to traffic by 4 p.m. today. Fire operations will continue in the area and there will be equipment and firefighters on the shoulder.

During this time particularly, people are asked to drive at reduced speeds and not to stop to view the area. There is really very little to see as mop up operations continue.

Today’s efforts included 25 firefighters from various agencies along with their equipment. No further aerial drops of water were used and none are planned for today at this time.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Interagency Fire, Carbondale Fire, Basalt Fire, Colorado River Fire Rescue, and BLM for their quick action in fighting this fire and minimizing its spread and not allowing it to reach the nearby residential area.

Additionally we would like to thank the Glenwood Springs Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol for their outstanding response by controlling traffic into the area on I-70. This allowed firefighters to quickly get a handle on the fire itself, determine what resources were needed and minimize the overall impact of the fire. They also worked tirelessly into the late evening to restore traffic to a reasonable flow as quickly as possible once westbound traffic was allowed to travel west on I-70.

Aug. 9 – 7:47 a.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office post: 113 Fire Update

The 113 Fire near Glenwood Springs has covered approximately 4.5 acres and is considered 70% contained. Rapid deployment of local fire resources and first responders, including an aerial attack and water drop, has minimized the growth of the fire and potential spread into nearby residential areas.

Fire crews will continue mop up operations today with line strengthening of the perimeter containment. They will address any hotspots within the containment area with a goal of 100% containment.

The right lane of westbound I-70 will be closed throughout the day beginning at Exit 114 and continuing to Exit 111 to allow fire operations and mitigation to continue.

No determination as to the probable cause of this fire has been made at this time.

We thank the public for their cooperation and remind them to reduce their speed in this area.

This will be a no fly zone for drones!


Aug. 8 – 5:03 p.m. –
 Glenwood Springs Fire Department post: Pre-evacuation orders for Ami’s Acres and Mitchell Creek have been lifted.

Aug. 8 –  4:54 p.m. –  Glenwood Springs Fire Department post: I-70 westbound single lane opened through South Canyon.

Aug. 8 – 4:50 p.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office post: Westbound will open one lane in about 15 minutes; eastbound has been open for 10 minutes.

Aug. 8 – 4:49 p.m. –  Glenwood Springs Fire Department post: #113Fire is at 3-4 acres with 95% containment. 40-50 personnel are responding from Glenwood Springs Fire, CRFR, Carbondale Fire, BLM, CDOT, both County and State Patrol.
East bound I-70 has been re-opened.
Single lane West bound should re-open within hour.

Aug. 8 – 4:32 p.m. – CDOT post: I-70 West bound: Full closure at Exit 109 – US 6; Canyon Creek (1 mile east of New Castle). Closed due to a wildfire. East bound lanes now OPEN.

Aug. 8 – 3:45 p.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office post: Both directions of I-70, east and westbound, closed as air support is in the area to mitigate the fire. **** Please share with those in area

Aug. 8 – 3:33 p.m. – CDOT post: I-70: Full closure at Exit 109 – US 6; Canyon Creek (1 mile east of New Castle). Closed due to a wildfire.

Aug. 8 – 3:16 p.m. – CDOT post: I-70 WB: CMV safety closure at Dotsero at Exit 133 – Dotsero (Dotsero). Due to wildfire west of Glenwood Springs.

Aug. 8 – 3:09 p.m. – City of Glenwood Springs post: Please stay clear of Highway 6 & 24 in west Glenwood Springs. Law enforcement and fire personnel need to keep this road clear for potential evacuation routes.

Aug. 8 – 2:51 p.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office post: PRE-EVACUATION notice being sent out for Ami’s Acres and Mitchell Creek area’s of west Glenwood Springs near South Canyon due to fire. **** Please share with those in area.

Aug. 8 –  2:47 p.m.Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) post: I-70 is closed in both directions at Exit 111: South Canyon (2 miles west of Glenwood Canyon). There is a full closure.

Aug. 8 – 2:40 p.m. – City of Glenwood Springs post: Fire near exit 111 on Interstate 70 in South Canyon. I-70 westbound is closed at exit 114. Crews are on the scene actively fighting the fire. Will update when more information is available.

Aug. 8 – 2:31 p.m. – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office post – I-70 Westbound is closed at exit 114 (West Glenwood Springs) due to a fire at MM 111.5 (South Canyon).

113 Fire in South Canyon near Glenwood Springs

Fire near Meadow Lake Campground

Update: July 28, 2018 – Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit reports this fire is 100% contained.

Sunday, a County Road 245 closure began at the Rio Blanco / Garfield County line due to the fire North of Meadow Lake turn off according to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office.

July 27, 2018 – A new fire started on White River National Forest lands on the border of the Rifle Ranger District and the Blanco Ranger District (also on the border of Garfield and Rio Blanco counties). It is about 1-1.5 miles north of Meadow Lake campground, and a mile from the wilderness boundary, burning in heavy downed timber. Two engines are en route, as well as a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) for a retardant drop. – White River National Forest

Fire near Meadow Lake Campground

Fire in Garfield County on the Flattops in White River National Forest

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Updates:

July 3 Update, Turret Fire:

Location: 22 miles northeast of Glenwood Springs and 4 miles northwest of Sweetwater Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness in Garfield County
Size: 6.5 acres with no new growth
Containment: 90%

The Turret Fire is now 90% contained with no new growth due to diligent mop-up and patrol efforts by firefighters. The fire will be transitioned to a Type 5 Incident as resources and firefighters demobilize. Six firefighters will remain on scene to patrol and manage the fire for the rest of today and into tomorrow morning. Starting tomorrow afternoon the fire will be monitored by aircraft.

The public is strongly encouraged to avoid the area. An area closure order is in place between Shingle Peak trail and Turret Peak trail, and other closures in the area may occur. The cause of the Turret Fire remains unknown.

Monday, July 2
Location: 22 miles northeast of Glenwood Springs and 4 miles northwest of Sweetwater Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness in Garfield County
Size: 6.5 acres with no new growth
Containment: 30%

The Turret Fire remains at 30% contained with no new growth. Cool overnight temperatures in addition to diligent mop-up efforts by firefighters remains a factor in the progress made on the fire. Today, firefighters will continue to focus on strengthening containment line and addressing smoldering hot spots within the interior of the fire when it is safe to do so. Additionally, crews are focusing on patrolling around the fire area and checking for and extinguishing hot spots or small spot fires that may have occurred during the initial days of the fire.  A Type 2 helicopter may be used as needed to conduct water bucket drops within the interior of the fire, targeting smoldering hot spots in coordination with firefighters working on the ground.

Wisps of smoke may be visible for the next several days due to interior smoldering. Conditions are again expected to be warm and dry throughout the day. The public is strongly encouraged to avoid the area. An area closure order is in place between Shingle Peak trail and Turret Peak trail, and other closures in the area may occur. The cause of the Turret Fire remains unknown. #TurretFire


Sunday, July 1 – Location: 22 miles northeast of Glenwood Springs and 4 miles northwest of Sweetwater Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness in Garfield County
Size: 6.5 acres with no new growth
Containment: 30%

Swift initial response by firefighters and cool overnight temperatures has contributed to great progress on the Turret Fire. The fire is now 30% contained and remains at 6.5 acres with no new growth over the past two days. There are 29 firefighters on scene who will continue to focus on strengthening containment line around the fire and addressing smoldering hot spots within the interior of the fire when it is safe to do so. Additionally, crews are diligently and methodically patrolling around the fire area checking for hot spots or small spot fires that may have occurred from the initial days of the fire. A Type 2 helicopter will be used to conduct water bucket drops within the interior of the fire, targeting smoldering hot spots in coordination with firefighters working on the ground.

Wisps of smoke may be visible for the next several days due to interior smoldering. Conditions are again expected to be warm and dry throughout the day. The public is strongly encouraged to avoid the area. An area closure order is in place between Shingle Peak trail and Turret Peak trail, and other closures in the area may occur. The cause of the Turret Fire remains unknown. #TurretFire

June 30 – 
As of this morning (June 30) the Turret Fire is 10% contained. Aerial mapping indicates that the fire is approximately 6.5 acres, and continues burning in remote terrain 22 miles northeast of Glenwood Springs and 4 miles northwest of Sweetwater Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness in Garfield County. Today, there are 26 firefighters on scene who are working to establish and strengthen a containment line around the perimeter of the fire.

Additionally, firefighters will work in from the perimeter of the fire and diligently mop-up smoldering hot spots when it is safe to do so. Smoke is expected to be visible for the next several days, due to interior burning and smoldering. Conditions are expected to be warm, dry and breezy throughout the day today with a chance of isolated thunderstorms this afternoon. The public is strongly encouraged to avoid the area. An area closure order is in place between Shingle Peak trail and Turret Peak trail, and other closures in the area may occur.

PRESS RELEASE
June 29 – 3:19 pm
Turret fire burning in Flat Tops Wilderness

Glenwood Springs, Colo – A crew of eight Boise Smokejumpers is responding to the Turret Fire, burning 22 miles northeast of Glenwood Springs, and 4 miles northwest of Sweetwater Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness of the White River National Forest in Garfield County. The fire was reported on Thursday, June 28th at 7:20 pm, and the first resources arrived on scene at 9:00 pm. As of 1:30 pm on Friday, June 29th, the fire was 6 acres. The fire is located in remote terrain and is burning in Spruce/Fir intermixed with meadows. A number of spot fires have been reported outside of the main fire area as a result of the exhibited fire behavior yesterday.

A multi-mission aircraft (MMA) flight has been ordered, and will provide updated information regarding the fire size on Saturday. The cause of the fire is unknown. Resources on scene include 8 smoke jumpers, a type 2 helicopter and a crew of 12.

“Given the current fire conditions, we are actively suppressing this fire within the wilderness area in order to reserve resources for new fire starts.” said Marcia Gilles, Deputy District Ranger on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District. “Providing for firefighter and public safety is our number one priority.”

The public is strongly encouraged to avoid the area. An area closure order is in place between Shingle Peak trail and Turret Peak trail, and other closures in the area may occur. Smoke may be visible from the surrounding area. There is no need to call 9-1-1 to report smoke as authorities are aware and on the scene.

The public is reminded never to fly drones, or “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)” over or near wildfires. Unauthorized drone flights pose serious risks to firefighter and public safety and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations. For more information on drones and wildfires, visit: https://www.nifc.gov/drones/outreach.html

Stage 2 fire restrictions began at 8:00 a.m. Friday, June 29 for the entire White River National Forest.

June 29, 2018 – 12:29 pm
Name: Turret Fire

Located in Garfield County
North of Sweetwater Lake
Estimated 6 acres this morning
Spruce/fir timber and meadows
Smokejumpers went in last night and shuttled in more crews by helicopter this morning
Red flag warning is in place and winds this afternoon will cause smoke to be visible

Regarding people going into the Flattops this weekend – this is not usually a high use area, but people are asked to avoid, and a closure notice will come out shortly, for Shingle Peak Trail and Turret Trail. People are asked to stay off the trails to avoid the area for fire crew access and for safety.

Fire in Garfield County on the Flattops in White River National Forest