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

Please share with your networks! Thank you for your help in spreading this information.

 

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. 

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Cache Creek Fire Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052/Fire Information phone: 970-984-8839
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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.

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Cache Creek Fire Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052/
Rifle Ranger District: 970-625-2371
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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:

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Twitter: @WhiteRiverNews
Rifle Ranger Station: 970-625-2371
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Cache Creek Fire burning southwest of Rifle, Colorado