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/
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