Colorado’s Beaver Creek Wildfire | Update | Friday, July 15

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date/Time

An unknown cause ignited a wildfire was detected on June 19, 2016, @ 12pm.

Location

It is located 24 miles North of Walden, Colorado and burning in several areas on the Routt and Medicine Bow NF and Jackson and Carbon Counties.

Fire Size

The fire is burning in sage brush and grasses, scorching a total of 21,878 acres, which is broken into the following areas:

  • 7,024 acres – Kremmling Field Office
  • 12972 acres – Routt NF
  • 1,519 acres  – Jackson County
  • 50 acres – Carbon County
  • 313 acres – Medicine Bow NF

Fire crews have reached a 5% containment status.

RESOURCES

Command

From June 23-July 7, 2016,  the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team assumed command.   of the Beaver Creek Fire.

Beginning July 7 , the Western Colorado Interagency- Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed Command and is being managed by the Medicine Bow NF along with the Routt NF, BLM Kremmling Field Office, State of Colorado Lands, BLM Rawlins Field Office and the Wyoming State Forestry Division.

Fire Resources

There are currently 314 personnel assigned to this incident, alongside with 5 crews, 27 engines, 1 dozer and 3 helicopters.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Fire Behavior

Fire behavior is very active on all sides with some flanking, short crow runs, single tree torching with short-range spotting.

Heavy fuels of dead and downed beetle kill are being consumed by the fire, which later will help repopulate the area with new growth.

Outlook 

12 – 24 hours:  Fire remains active.  Will continue to spread to the North, East and South.  To slowly spread on the West to NW.  Interior pockets will continue to consume smaller areas.

48-72 hours:  Some fire growth expected  on all sides especially on the South, West and NW sides.

73+ hours:  There will be slightly cooler temps and higher humidity but winds will pick up after a Thunderstorm, which may increase fire growth.

Beaver Creek Fire in Colorado (Credit: Mike McMillan/Inciweb)

Containment Status

Fire Managers say that this wildfire is expected to be fully contained on October 21, 2016.

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Incident Hashtags

The Hashtags we are using for this fire are:  #BeaverCreekFire #CoWildfires2016 #USWildfiresCO

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