UPDATE 5 | #FindingDavid Search Has Concluded

Update 0000 Hours PST / 0100 Hours MDT

#FindingDavid

While those celebrated and were about to ring in the New Year, a family painstaking reported their little boy, David Puckett, 6, missing around 1745 hours MDT from his home in the 15700 block and Amherst Place in Aurora, Colorado.

He had been known to wander off a few times before but was always brought back by concerned citizens.

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This time it was different. Very different.

The Aurora Police Department was called out to search for their missing little boy. When Patrols canvassed the area and found nothing, a National Center for Missing and Exploited Center (NCMEC) organization deployed one of their own Bloodhound K9 teams “Jessie” around 2000 Hours.  Along with Bloodhound K9 “Jessie”  from nearby Jefferson County, Aurora PD Patrols, County Deputies and with air support from Dallas PD’s Air One, would search throughout the night with a negative find for David Puckett.

Social Media Blasts

Law Enforcement immediately began releasing Media releases regarding his disappearances and creating a hashtag #FindingDavid.

Highlights from Case

Here are some of the highlights from #FindingDavid ‘s case.

December 31, 2016

  • David is considered as an At-Risk child due to his age, length of time missing and frigid weather conditions.
  • One hour delayed on night missing due to Family looking in all places where has frequented, cannot locate.
  • Aurora PD called.
  • NCMEC Bloodhounds are deployed
  • Officers, County Deputies and SAR personnel search throughout the night

January 1, 2017

  • ERT and SRT units are activated
  • Major Crimes unit, Crimes Against Children Unit gets involved in the case
  • (3) Reverse 911 calls are sent to Aurora’s 27,000 residents, approximately 2.5 miles from David’s home
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association deploys 400 of their Citizens Missing and Abducted Response Team

January 2 2017

  • Marking 3 days of searching by Officers conducting extensive neighborhood canvasses and interviews
  • Looked through parents home several times through Search
  • Police tell the public, residents to STOP voluntary searches as they could interfere with the SAR Dogs (Bloodhounds)
  • Alerts have been previously sent to Aurora Public Schools parents; set-up Counseling for parents, staff and children if needed
  • Witness report says seen missing boy on Saturday
  • AMBER ALERT issued
  • Family is cooperative
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol and Officers checked bodies of water in area

January 3, 2017

  • 1st and Final Press release from APD
  • 150 Law Enforcement personnel, 200 citizens have helped with the Search
  • 6 cadaver dogs (trailing/air scent SAR Dogs) deployed on January 2nd & 3rd.
  • 1 SAR Dog has a positive find in a smaller pond in the Olympic Park (PLS near Park)
  • Divers search and locate the body of an unknown child inside the pond and under the ice
  • Police say they are unable to provide a positive ID; tell Family takes a long time for this process
  • Police are treating pond as a crime scene, w/CSI & FBI teams on site
  • Police say there were hundreds of searchers, family, citizens and Officers that checked all bodies of water & no indication of someone falling in or under the ice (searched numerous times)
  • APD states since they are not able to ID the body of the child, they are continuing to look but all Pressers are now terminated, except for Press releases on Social Media (Twitter/Facebook)

Incident Partners

There were many who helped locate David Puckett from the initial call on NYE until the very end.  Here is a listing of those Incident Cooperators.

  • Arapahoe County Sheriff Office
  • Arapahoe Fire Department Technical Rescue Team
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol
  • Aurora PD: ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, Major Crimes Unit
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association: Citizens Missing & Abducted  Response Team
  • Aurora Public Schools:  Staff and Parents
  • CBI
  • Dallas PD: Air One helo
  • FBI
  • Jefferson County Bloodhound K9 Team
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • Metro Dallas Crime Stoppers
  • NCMEC
  • Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force
  • Search and Rescue Dogs of the US (SARDUS)
  • Westminister Colorado PD

Help for the Rescuer

It does not matter if you are a Volunteer, Police Officer, Firefighter or School Staff Member, it is hard to lose a child or respond to a call dealing with a child.  If you are feeling grief because of this loss, we recommend that you reach out to your local organization such as the Police or Fire Chaplin (or confidentially to @SafeCallNow) or to your local School Counselor.

Editor’s Comments:

“Though APD has not officially ID’d this found child, we know their Family is looking for him/her.  We send our sincere and heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the Puckett Family during this difficult time as the continued search for David goes on.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

UPDATE 4 | #FindingDavid Puckett

Please SHARE with your Friends, Family, Co-workers, Public Safety Members and on Your Social Media Channels to help bring this Child back to his parents and community.

SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado on New Year’s Eve at 1745 Hours MST and has not been seen since. 

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed in this case as not having all of the identifiers needed to issue the Alert.  It appears he has simply wandered off and not abducted.

UPDATE | An AMBER ALERT has been issued the by Colorado Bureau Investigation (CBI) due to his young age, gone so long and weather conditions.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male, 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

Over the course of the last three (3) days, hundreds of volunteers, LE personnel and others have partnered together in #FindingDavid launching ground SAR (aka groundpounders) to a Police Helicopters, those who specialize in Missing and Exploited Children, SAR K9s.

If you know anything, please call 9-1-1 or the Tip Line listed in this Post. No detail is considered small and may even help break the case wide open.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Puckett is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) and has been reported as gone missing (wandered off) two times before but has always been returned to his parents by concerned citizens.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

SEARCH PARTY

Map

Police held briefings to plan their day of searching and coordination of volunteers.

On Monday, January 2nd, Police will again send out the bloodhound K9 team.

There is no other need for additional volunteers at this time.

 Aurora PD states within their Search perimeter, all bodies of water have been checked. They had deployed 3 Bloodhound trailing K9 dogs.  This is a Priority case for all Law Enforcement in the area.

CURRENT WEATHER 

Temps are 26*F, with a humidity of 77%, cloudy and winds at 6 mph.

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT BLOODHOUND K9s

When we were back in our SAR Days as volunteers, my hubby had a Bloodhound named Banjo (yes, he even came from midwest) who was a born-natural (okay, aren’t all of them?) Trailing SAR K9.

For those of you that are not familiar with the types of Search Dogs and their capabilities, here is a quick lesson.

Search-And-Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs) are amazing dogs (all kinds of breeds) that can do amazing things by their amazing Handlers. Did I mention to you how amazing they are?   Here are some of the things these K9s can do:

  • Find a child lost in the wilderness or missing from their home
  • Find a missing person with Alzheimer’s from a nursing home or group home
  • Locate a skier buried under an avalanche
  • Partner with Law Enforcement at Crime Scenes
  • Find Live victims trapped in collapsed buildings
  • Some are also cadaver dogs
  • Locate drowning victims

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) state over 2100 kids go missing every day and 58,000 children annually are taken by someone they don’t know. Not every search has a SAR K9 team to help find them.

This search has deployed the usage of three Bloodhounds which is very great in #FindingDavid.  These SAR K9s dogs have the natural drive to locate their subject (missing person) and will most likely have their human counterpart wear out first before they do.  So far, they have had zeros or picking up of a scent trail leading to the missing person.

There are two kinds of SAR Dogs. Air scent and Trailing SAR K9s.

All humans constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. By the millions, these particles become airborne and can be carried by the wind for considerable distances. Airborne scent is concentrated near its source, follows the air currents, and becomes more dilute the further it travels.

An air scent SAR dog is especially trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific area and close in on the source of the scent in heavy forested and rural/urban areas.  SAR Dogs work best in the morning and evening, day or night, all types of weather and to give them a higher chance of finding their subject, be called immediately after the missing person has been reported.  These dogs are mostly off-leash and roam freely back and forth to their Handler at large distances.

A trailing SAR dog is one that searches by the scent on the ground.  They are generally trained for scent discrimination.  Each dog is usually worked in a harness, leash and some type of article that belongs to the subject, such as a brush, comb, clothing, shoe, etc. will allow the dog to “breathe in” the scent.  The dog is trained to only follow that scent and no other. At times, the K9 may track, follow the footsteps or hone in on the scent in the home.

Bloodhounds have been known to find a missing person when the scent has been pooling for hours, days, weeks and even several months.  It is also possible for them to find someone who may have left the area in a car if the windows were open allowing the human cells to fall off into the wind. They can also find those in water as well.

To find out more about Search and Rescue Dogs, visit Dogs in Search and Rescue‘s website, http://www.ussartf.org/dogs_search_rescue.htm.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1820 PST / 1920 Hours MST

UPDATE 3 | Searching for 6 YO David Puckett

Please SHARE with your Friends, Family, Co-workers, Public Safety Members and on Your Social Media Channels to help bring this Child back to his parents and community.

SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado on New Year’s Eve at 1745 Hours MST (New Year’s Eve) and has not been located as of this post. 

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed in this case as not having all of the identifiers needed to issue the Alert.  It appears he has simply wandered off and not abducted.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male, 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

On December 31st when David was reported missing, a huge presence of Law Enforcement Officers, personnel and volunteers came out in full force representing such units as Major Crimes, Citizens Missing/Abducted Response Team (CMART), Arapahoe County Deputies, Jefferson County K9 Team (1 Bloodhound) and over 400 volunteers from the Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association and Aurora PD patrols.  Dallas PD’s Air One with a mounted FLIR also assisted from the air.

Resources searched well into the night but still were unable to locate the missing child.

On New Year’s Day, David still had not been found and resources from APD (Aurora)’s ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, FBI and hundreds of volunteers put their NYE plans on hold to search for missing David Puckett.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

finding-david-co-2

David Puckett is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) and has been reported as gone missing (wandered off) two times before but has always been returned to his parents by concerned citizens.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

SEARCH PARTY

Map

Police held briefings to plan their day of searching and coordination of volunteers.

On Monday, January 2nd, Police will again send out the bloodhound K9 team.

There is no other need for additional volunteers at this time.

We sent a request to Aurora PD for additional information asking if the Bloodhound K9s are finding scent trails and if there are any bodies of water nearby. Additionally, we have asked the size of their search perimeter to gain a feel of how their Search is set-up.

CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS

It is currently mostly cloudy with temps at 40*F with winds at 16 mph and humidity of 38%. There is a zero chance of any precip today.  Temps are expected to drop later this evening into the 20’s with a chance of snow showers on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT BLOODHOUND K9s

When we were back in our SAR Days as volunteers, my hubby had a Bloodhound named Banjo (yes, he even came from midwest) who was a born-natural (okay, aren’t all of them?).

For those of you that are not familiar with the types of Search Dogs and their capabilities, here is a quick lesson.

Search-And-Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs) are amazing dogs (all kinds of breeds) that can do amazing things by their amazing Handlers. Did I mention to you how amazing they are?   Here are some of the things these K9s can do:

  • Find a child lost in the wilderness or missing from their home
  • Find a missing person with Alzheimer’s from a nursing home or group home
  • Locate a skier buried under an avalanche
  • Partner with Law Enforcement at Crime Scenes
  • Find Live victims trapped in collapsed buildings
  • Some are also cadaver dogs
  • Locate drowning victims

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) state over 2100 kids go missing every day and 58,000 children annually are taken by someone they don’t know. Not every search has a SAR K9 team to help find them.

This search has deployed the usage of three Bloodhounds which is very great in #FindingDavid.  These SAR K9s dogs have the natural drive to locate their subject (missing person) and will most likely have their human counterpart wear out first before they do.

There are two kinds of SAR Dogs. Air scent and Trailing SAR K9s.

All humans constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. By the millions, these particles become airborne and can be carried by the wind for considerable distances. Airborne scent is concentrated near its source, follows the air currents, and becomes more dilute the further it travels.

An air scent SAR dog is especially trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific area and close in on the source of the scent in heavy forested and rural/urban areas.  SAR Dogs work best in the morning and evening, day or night, all types of weather and to give them a higher chance of finding their subject, be called immediately after the missing person has been reported.  These dogs are mostly off-leash and roam freely back and forth to their Handler at large distances.

A trailing dog is one that searches by the scent on the ground.  They are generally trained for scent discrimination.  Each dog is usually worked in a harness, leash and some type of article that belongs to the subject, such as a brush, comb, clothing, shoe, etc. will allow the dog to “breathe in” the scent.  The dog is trained to only follow that scent and no other. At times, the K9 may track, follow the footsteps or hone in on the scent in the home.

Editor’s Comments:  “We had to be careful with our Bloodhound because once he got on a scent trail, his behavior became so animated nearly pulling my hubby’s arm out of the socket or causing him to lose his footing.” 

Bloodhounds have been known to find a missing person when the scent has been pooling for hours, days, weeks and even several months.  It is also possible for them to find someone who may have left the area in a car if the windows were open allowing the human cells to fall off into the wind. They can also find those in water as well.

To find out more about Search and Rescue Dogs, visit Dogs in Search and Rescue‘s website, http://www.ussartf.org/dogs_search_rescue.htm.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1233 PST / 1333 Hours MST

UPDATE | Searching for At-Risk David Puckett

Please SHARE with your Friends, Family, Co-workers, Public Safety Members and on Your Social Media Channels to help bring this Child back to his parents and community.

SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado last night around 1745 Hours MST (New Year’s Eve) and has not been located as of yet.

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed this case simply does not qualify it as one, deemed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. (CBI). It appears that he just simply wandered off from his home.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male as 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

On December 31st when David was reported missing, a huge presence of Law Enforcement Officers, personnel and volunteers came out in full force representing such units as Major Crimes, Citizens Missing/Abducted Response Team (CMART), Arapahoe County Deputies, Jefferson County K9 Team (1 Bloodhound) and over 400 volunteers from the Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association and Aurora PD patrols.  Dallas PD’s Air One with a mounted FLIR also assisted from the air.

Resources searched well into the night but still were unable to locate the missing child.

On New Year’s Day, David still had not been found, resources from APD (Aurora)’s ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, FBI have all been involved in this case.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

finding-david-co-2

David Pucket is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) who has gone missing (wandered off) two times before but was returned with the assistance of a concerned citizen or has gone inside a store for help.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

PRESSER

The next presser will be at 0800 MST on Monday, January 2nd or if they find David, whichever occurs first.

REWARD

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain unanonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT AURORA, COLORADO

The City of Aurora is the 3rd largest city in the State that boasts a population of 353,108 (2014 census) residents.  It is 100% urban and 0% rural.  It is proud of its award-winning Public Safety partners.

The Aurora Police Department currently has 682 Officers with 141 Civilians.

The Aurora Fire and Rescue has 346+ (2014 census) personnel working in various disciplines. It responded to 54,000 calls in 2015.  They are a Department that staffs all fire apparatus with 4 personnel.  There are 15 Fire Stations in the City.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2315 Hours PST / 0015 Hours MST

HAVE YOU SEEN ME? | Finding 6 YO David Pucket

Please SHARE with your Friends, Family, Co-workers, Public Safety Members and on Your Social Media Channels to help bring this Child back to his parents and community.

AT RISK CHILD – MISSING

SUMMARY

Six year old David Pucket went missing on New Year’s eve around 1745 Hours MST, Aurora Police are saying most likely he left voluntarily but are not ruling out a possible abduction from his home in the 15700 block of East Amherst Place in Aurora, Colorado.

DESCRIPTION

David Pucket, 6, is described as a white male as 4′, 47#, brown hair and hazel eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt, black & orange boots and a tan coat. He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School. | UPDATE | David has Brown eyes, not Hazel.

Police urge those who may have seen this At Risk child to call 9-1-1 immediately and report all and any tips (no matter if you think it is insignificant) to Law Enforcement. See Something? Say Something.

RESOURCES

Aurora PD say this is their highest priority case and have many resources from various units and surrounding communities out looking for him.

SRT, Patrols, Major Crimes, Jefferson County Bloodhound K9 Team, Denver PD Helicopter, Arapahoe Co SAR volunteers, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the FBI and Darmouth Elementary have either been deployed or are said to be part of this high priority case as resources.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Pucket is considered as an At Risk child who has gone missing (wandered off) two times before but was returned with the assistance of a concerned citizen or has gone into a store for help.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.  They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

Due to the unknowns in this case and criteria needed, an Amber Alert has not been issued but could if their investigation turns into that direction.

TODAY’S ACTIVITIES

Police, Volunteers, Family and other persons will be out in full force today looking to find David.  Due to cold weather conditions, David was probably not dressed properly making it even that much more of a priority to find him.

Aifinding-david-colorador resources may include Drones and a Helicopter today along with a high number of ground resources.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channel (Twitter, FB) for more updates. When RT this, please use the same hashtag, so we can align all of our posts on the same page.

ABOUT AURORA, COLORADO

The City of Aurora is the 3rd largest city in the State that boasts a population of 353,108 (2014 census) residents.  It is 100% urban and 0% rural.  It is proud of its award-winning Public Safety partners.

The Aurora Police Department currently has 682 Officers with 141 Civilians.

The Aurora Fire and Rescue has 346+ (2014 census) personnel working in various disciplines. It responded to 54,000 calls in 2015.  They are a Department that staffs all fire apparatus with 4 personnel.  There are 15 Fire Stations in the City.   Firefighters are represented by the IAFF Local 1290.

The weather is currently partly sunny with temps of 45*F with Westerly winds at 6 mph and humidity at 27%.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1310 PST / 1410 MST

Colorado’s Planned Prescribed Spring Fires in Three Forests

Delta Colorado | Three Forests: Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are getting ready for Spring Prescribed Fire this year, which will take place from April through June.

The areas where the fires will be located in the following areas:

GUNNINSON NF

  • West Elk Burn: 14 miles W of Gunnison & 5 miles N or Blue Mesa Reservoir. 600 acres scheduled to be burned.
  • Myers Burn: 30 miles S of Gunnison in the Cochetopa Park area. 300 acres are scheduled to burn.
  • Los Pinos Burn:  35 miles S of Gunnison in the Cochetopa Park area. 1000 acres are scheduled to burn.

GRAND MESA, UNCOMPAHGRE NFs

  • Nick Mountain Burn:  30 miles E of Grand Junction and 4 miles SE of Molina.  720 acres are scheduled to burn.
  • Indian Creek Burn:  12 miles SE of Gateway and 39 miles SW of Grand Junction. Continuation of previous burning. 172 left to burn.
  • Glencoe Pine Burn: 25 Mesa Road, 13 miles NE of Nucla.
  • Western Implementation #5 Burn:  7 miles SE of Norwood near Goodenough Rd.  1,122 acres scheduled to burn.
  • Little Monitor Burn:  20 miles SW of Delta along Mesa Road, 20 miles SW of Delta. About 750 acres to burn.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

Career Opportunities: Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic (National Testing Network)

AZ

Firefighter, Gilbert FD.  Deadline 8/18/13.

 

CO

Volunteer/Reserve Firefighter, Arvada Fire Protection. Deadline 9/27/13 1700 Hours.

 

FL

FireMedic and Firefighter/EMT, Charlotte County Fire & EMS.  Deadline 8/16/13.

Firefighter, Lakeland FD.  Deadline 8/12/13.

 

OR

Firefighter/Paramedic & Firefighter/EMT-B, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.  Deadline:  Apply asap.

 

WA

Resident Volunteer Firefighter/EMT or Paramedic, Pt. Ludlow Fire & Rescue.  Deadline:  None.

Firefighter, Redmond FD.  Deadline:  None listed.

Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic.  Snohomish County Fire District #1.  Deadline:  8/30/13.

Part-Time Firefighter/EMT.  Snohomish COunty Fire District #19.  Deadline:  Apply asap.

Firefighter, Woodinville Fire & Rescue.  Deadline:  None listed.

 

(C) 2013  The NW Fire Blog
 

 

West Fork Complex Fire Update: 7/1/13 AM

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander     

Phoenix National Incident Management Organization- Curtis Heaton, Incident Commander

Joint Information Center:  719-569-4149 or 719-657-3279

Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

West Zone Email: westforkfire@gmail.com  

East Zone Email: WestForkFire.EastZone@gmail.com

 

July 1, 2013

8:00 pm                      

 Special Message:  With the Fourth of July weekend ahead, motorists can expect to see firefighting traffic along Highways 160 and 149.  Please watch your speed.

 Tonight will be the last night shift for this fire.  Starting tomorrow, we will publish the daily update once per day at 9 a.m., with Tweet and Blog entries throughout the day.

 Current Situation:

East Zone of the West Fork Complex (Includes Papoose and Eastern Part of West Fork Fires) 

 Papoose Fire:  Today, crews were able to control four spot fires that started as a result of rolling debris and embers that blew over the fireline from wind gusts that registered up to 49 miles per hour.  Crews also dealt with falling trees in the fire area, creating an unsafe situation for fireline construction.  Two fires started yesterday by spotting from embers, near Red Mountain, were controlled with helicopter drops of water and retardant.  Fire behavior will continue to be extreme, especially with the forecast for continued threat of thunderstorms that include gusty winds.  Firefighters have reinforced structure protection at Spar City and Red Mountain Ranch.  Structure protection is being completed around Bristol Head Acres and Soward Ranch.  Along Highway 149, firefighters were able to burn out above the structures and even out the fire line.  In addition, they have completed mopping up adjacent to structures and have started to patrol the area for additional spot fires.  Tonight, firefighters on night shift will continue to extinguish any hot areas in the northern part of Papoose and patrol in the Red Mountain and Spar City areas.

 Eastern Part of West Fork Fire: The eastern part of the West Fork Fire slowed considerably.  Some areas of the fire have not moved in over six days.  Firefighters have completed fireline construction around Humphreys Lake and monitored and extinguished any additional fire progress at Metroz Lake.  Additional fireline was constructed with a dozer, opening up an old road that could be used to access more of the line past Humphreys Lake and around to Elk Mountain.  Along Highway 160, firefighters continued to secure the fire’s edge.  Protection has been established around structures east of Highway 149.  

 West Zone of West Fork Complex (Includes Western Part of West Fork and Windy Pass Fires)

West Fork Spike Camp was closed today and personnel and equipment have been relocated at the Incident Base at Stevens Airfield in Pagosa Springs.  There is increased traffic, which necessitates caution from the public. As July 4th festivities draws closer, we are requesting visitors and firefighters maintain vigilance in driving safely.

 The San Juan National Forest will be at Stage II Fire Restrictions starting July 2. The Archuleta County remains at Stage 1. Additional information can be found on the San Juan National Forest’s website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan/home.

 

Western Part of West Fork Fire/Windy Pass:  The West Zone of the West Fork fire is the portion of the fire burning south of the continental divide.  Structure protection is still in place for Wolf Creek Ski Area, Borns Lake Cabins, and Bruce Spruce Resort. The West Fork Campground is open. Crews completed backhauling excess firefighting equipment at Borns Lake, Bruce Spruce and Wolf Creek.  Activity on the Windy Pass Fire today was minimal. 

 Weather: Thunderstorms remain in the forecast throughout the rest of the week; however, the chance of wetting rain will deteriorate as temperatures increase. Scattered thunderstorms will bring Northeast winds 10-15 mph, with a 10% chance of rain hitting the ground. Warmer temperatures are expected.

  Public Health and Safety:  Smoke monitors are in place in Pagosa Springs, Freemon’s Ranch, and Creede, with one monitor yet to be installed at South Fork (on its way).   The monitors are identified as #78 (Creede), #69 (Freemon’s Ranch) and #65 (Pagosa Springs) and can be accessed through the map located at: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl. Times displayed are in GMT – subtract 6 hours to get local time (MDT).  For the official Colorado Smoke Outlook, please visit http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx and http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx for further health advisory information.

 Please use caution when traveling along Highways 149 and 160.  Heavy fire traffic can be expected along the highways and within the communities of South Fork, Creede, and Del Norte.  Reduced speed is posted on Highway 160.  Please do not stop along the roads to take pictures of the fire or firefighters as doing so could impede fire operations.

 Evacuations and Closures:  Evacuations for several communities in Mineral County have been lifted.  Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice in the event that fire activity changes.  Visit http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/ for a list of areas currently under evacuation or pre-evacuation.  The list will be updated as conditions change.

 For additional information on road and trail closures affecting the San Juan National Forest go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices

 For additional information on road and trail closures affecting the Rio Grande National Forest go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/riogrande/notices/?cid=STELPRDB5143145.

 Fire Information Meetings: None scheduled at this time.

 Media Briefings:  There are no scheduled media briefings.  If media are interested in a briefing or interview, please contact the East Zone Information Office at (719) 657-3279 or West Zone Information office at (970) 731-2432.

 Fire Statistics:

Location:  14.5 miles north/northeast of Pagosa Springs, CO             

Start Date: 06/05/2013          

Complex Size:  93, 776 acres 

Percent Contained: 7%

Windy Pass: 1,417 acres     

Cause:  Lightning

Papoose: 35,842 acres                                                            

Total Personnel: 1,464

 West Fork: 56,517 acres                                                                        

Resources Include: 8 Type 1 hand crews, 20 Type 2 hand crews, 82 engines, 5 dozers, 13 water tenders, and overhead personnel 

Air Resources:  6 Type 1 helicopters, 4 Type 2 helicopters, and 10 Type 3 helicopters. 

Places to get information:

Blog:  http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/

Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3436/

Twitter: @rmt1pio

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RockyMtn.Type1.IMT.PIOs.

Information Boards:  Information is posted at the Pagosa Springs Visitor Information Center, Freemons Ranch near Creede, the Forest Service office in Creede, and at the Del Norte High School. 

Photos:   http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/WestForkComplex/library/

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  • Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander
  • Phoenix National Incident Management Organization- Curtis Heaton, Incident Commander
  • Joint Information Center: 719-569-4149 or 719-657-3279
  • Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • West Zone Email: westforkfire@gmail.com
  • East Zone Email: WestForkFire.EastZone@gmail.com

 10:30 July 1, 2013

Special Message: In light of the sad news associated with the loss of 19 members of our firefighting family from Granite Mountain Hot Shots on the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, the morning update was delayed because of a two hour stand down issued by Incident Commander Pete Blume. The stand down was a safety precaution provided to firefighters to debrief the situation and honor those firefighters lost on the Yarnell Hill Fire. Out of respect for our colleagues on the Yarnell Hill Fire and Prescott Fire Department, the West Fork Complex will not issue any further statements in regards to the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Current Situation:

East Zone of the West Fork Complex (Includes Papoose and Eastern Part of West Fork Fires)

 Papoose Fire: Very little precipitation was received on the fire. Fire behavior is still expected to be extreme, especially with the forecast for continued threat of thunderstorms that include gusty winds. Today’s highest priority is to focus on the northwest side of the fire by securing fireline near Crooked Creek down to Rio Grande Reservoir, keeping the fire east of Squaw Creek. Firefighters will use water or retardant drops to support construction of new line. On the southeast flank, the fire is expected to increase in activity this afternoon in the Trout Creek drainage. Firefighters will reinforce structure protection at Spar City and Red Mountain Ranch. Along Highway 149, firefighters will mop up adjacent to structures.

 Eastern Part of West Fork Fire: Yesterday, the north part of the fire reported 0.20 inches of precipitation received. Firefighters will take advantage of the precipitation by securing line at Lake Humphreys and in the Elk Mountain area. Firefighters will continue direct attack on that piece of fire line with the aid of water or retardant drops. Along Highway 160, firefighters continued to secure the fire’s edge. Protection has been established around structures east of Highway 149.

West Zone of West Fork Complex (Includes Western Part of West Fork and Windy Pass Fires)

West Fork Spike Camp that had been established to support the firefighting activities will be closed down today. All personnel and equipment will be transferred to the Incident Base at Stevens Airfield in Pagosa Springs. Please be cautious with the increased traffic, especially with increased traffic as visitors start to arrive for the 4th of July festivities.

 Western Part of West Fork Fire/Windy Pass: The West Zone of the West Fork fire is the portion of the fire burning south of the continental divide. Structure protection is still in place for Wolf Creek Ski Area, Borns Lake Cabins, and Bruce Spruce Resort, which is still open, and hose lays and sprinkler systems are in place and operational in the West Fork Campground that is also open. Crews started to backhaul the excess firefighting equipment at Borns Lake, Bruce Spruce and Wolf Creek. Activity on the Windy Pass Fire yesterday was minimal. A resource advisor was on the fireline yesterday to assess the landscape and to begin developing a rehabilitation plan.

Weather: Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop today with moderate to heavy rainfall possible and associated gusty winds. A potential for ash flow and mudslides still exists, as well as potential for tree blow down from high winds and helicopter activity. Starting Tuesday, each day of the week is expected to become warmer and drier, with a chance of isolated thunderstorms.

 Public Health and Safety: Smoke monitors are in place in Pagosa Springs, Freemon’s Ranch, and Creede. The monitors are identified as #78 (Creede), #69 (Freemon’s Ranch) and #65 (Pagosa Springs) and can be accessed through the map located at: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl. Times displayed are in GMT – subtract 6 hours to get local time (MDT). For the official Colorado Smoke Outlook, please visit http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx and http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx for further health advisory information.

Please use caution when traveling along Highways 149 and 160. Heavy fire traffic can be expected along the highways and within the communities of South Fork, Creede, and Del Norte. Please do not stop along the roads to take pictures of the fire or firefighters as doing so could impede fire operations.

Evacuations and Closures: Evacuations for several communities in Mineral County have been lifted. Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice in the event that fire activity changes. Visit http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/ for a list of areas currently under evacuation or pre-evacuation. The list will be updated as conditions change.

For additional information on road and trail closures affecting the San Juan National Forest go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices.

For additional information on road and trail closures affecting the Rio Grande National Forest go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/riogrande/notices/ cid=STELPRDB5143145.

 Fire Information Meetings: The Red Cross Shelter in Del Norte closed today. Information meetings that had taken place at the shelter will no longer be held. Visit www.redcross.org/Colorado or contact your local Red Cross office for further information regarding the services they provide.

 Media Briefings: There are no scheduled media briefings. If media are interested in a briefing or interview, please contact the East Zone Information Office.

 Fire Statistics:

Location: 14.5 miles north/northeast of Pagosa Springs, CO Start Date: 06/05/2013

Complex Size: 93, 776 acres Percent Contained: 4%

Windy Pass: 1,417 acres Cause: Lightning

Papoose: 35,842 acres Total Personnel: 1508

West Fork: 56,517 acres

Resources Include: 9 Type 1 hand crews, 21 Type 2 hand crews, 84 engines, 4 dozers, 12 water tenders, and overhead personnel

 Air Resources: 6 Type 1 helicopters, 4 Type 2 helicopters, 10 Type 3 helicopters, and 2 single engine airtankers (SEATS)

Places to get information:

Blog: http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/

Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3436/

Twitter: @rmt1pio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockyMtn.Type1.IMT.PIOs.

Information Boards: Information is posted at the Pagosa Springs Visitor Information Center, Freemons Ranch near Creede, the Forest Service office in Creede, and at the Del Norte High School.

Photos: http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/WestForkComplex/library/

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Incident: West Fork Complex Wildfire
Released: 12 hrs. ago

West Fork Complex Fire Statement on Yarnell Hill Fire Tragedy

10:00 am July 1, 2013

West Fork Complex firefighters were briefed early this morning by Incident Commander Pete Blume and Dpty IC Todd Pechota regarding the sad news out of Arizona. A two hour stand down was planned this morning along with a moment of silence for the 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot crew that lost their lives. Incident personnel were given several options to meet their emotional needs. A Critical Incident Stress Management team is available to those needing additional assistance.

It is with a heavy heart that we continue our operations today on the West Fork Complex. The emergency response community mourns the loss of the 19 firefighters that perished in the Yarnell Fire in Arizona stated IC Blume.

The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team and firefighters working the West Fork Complex extend their deepest condolences to those affected by the tragic events of the Yarnell Fire in Arizona. We are keeping the firefighters who died, those that continue to work on incidents, and the families of all firefighters in our thoughts.

Operations on the West Fork Complex will continue as planned. Morning briefing for crews going to the fireline was moved to 9:00 a.m. in order to give them some time to process yesterday’s events. We believe the best tribute we can give at this time is to continue to focus our efforts on maintaining public and firefighter safety in honor of those who have fallen.

Updated information on our incident will be posted to the Blog, InciWeb and via Twitter. We thank you for your understanding in regards to the delay this morning.

Source:  Inciweb

Reblogged:  7/1/13 2115 PDT

 

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West Fork Fire Complex Update: 6/30/2013 PM

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Phoenix National Incident Management Organization- Curtis Heaton, Incident Commander

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Joint Information Center:  719-569-4149 or 719-657-3279

Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

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West Zone Email: westforkfire@gmail.com  

East Zone Email: WestForkFire.EastZone@gmail.com

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June 30, 2013

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 Special Message:  The Red Cross Shelter in Del Norte will close Monday, July 1.  The Salvation Army will provide a continental breakfast from 8 am to 9 am tomorrow for the last of the Red Cross clients.  Visit www.redcross.org/Colorado or contact your local Red Cross office for further information regarding the services they provide.

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 Current Situation:

East Zone of the West Fork Complex (Includes Papoose and Eastern Part of West Fork Fires) 

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 Papoose Fire:  One of today’s priorities included taking advantage of yesterday’s moisture to secure the fireline in the northwest area of the fire, near Crooked Creek and down to Rio Grande Reservoir.  Firefighters used a combination of dozer lines, hand lines, and water or retardant drops to construct and secure line around structures. 

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On the southeast flank, the fire increased in activity late this afternoon in the Trout Creek drainage, Spotting occurred, causing firefighters to focus on structure protection at Spur City and Red Mountain Ranch.  Along Highway 149, firefighters were able to begin mopping up adjacent to structures.  At the time of this release, there have been no known structures lost.

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 Eastern Part of West Fork Fire: Increased fire activity, caused by thunderstorms and gusty winds, was experienced near Lake Humphreys and Elk Mountain areas, on the north flank of the fire.  However, firefighters were able to get closer to the fire’s edge and begin direct attack on that piece of fire line with the aid of retardant drops.  Along Highway 160, firefighters continued to clean up the fire’s edge.  Protection has been established around structures east of Highway 149.  At the time of this release, there have been no known structures lost.

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 West Zone of West Fork Complex (Includes Western Part of West Fork and Windy Pass Fires)

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Sustained cooler temperatures and higher humidity gave firefighters additional support today on the West Zone of the West Fork Complex.  Moderated winds today gave the Air Attack that had been grounded the past two days due to smoke an opportunity to monitor fire activity.  The West Zone supported suppression of 13 new fires, all caught quickly and kept small.

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 Western Part of West Fork Fire: The West Zone of the West Fork fire is the portion of the fire burning south of the continental divide.  Structure protection is still in place for Wolf Creek Ski Area, Borns Lake Cabins, and Bruce Spruce Resort, which is still open, and hose lays and sprinkler systems are in place and operational in the West Fork Campground that is also open. Crews started to backhaul the excess firefighting equipment at Borns Lake, Bruce Spruce and Wolf Creek.

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 Windy Pass Fire:  Activity on the Windy Pass Fire today was minimal.  A resource advisor was on the fireline today to assess the landscape and to begin developing a rehabilitation plan.

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 Weather: Scattered thunderstorms developed this afternoon across the complex.  Gusty winds and some moisture fell across the fire area.  A potential for ash flow and mudslides still exists.  Thunderstorms are predicted for tomorrow.  Tuesday and Wednesday will be warmer and drier, with a chance of isolated thunderstorms.

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 Public Health and Safety:  Smoke monitors are in place in Pagosa Springs, Freemon’s Ranch, and Creede.   The monitors are identified as #78 (Creede), #69 (Freemon’s Ranch) and #65 (Pagosa Springs) and can be accessed through the map located at: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl.

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Times displayed are in GMT – subtract 6 hours to get local time (MDT).  For the official Colorado Smoke Outlook, please visit http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx and http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx for further health advisory information.

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 Please use caution when traveling along Highways 149 and 160.  Heavy fire traffic can be expected along the highways and within the communities of South Fork, Creede, and Del Norte.  Please do not stop along the roads to take pictures of the fire or firefighters as doing so could impede fire operations.

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 Evacuations and Closures:  Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice in the event that fire activity changes.  Visit http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/ for a list of areas currently under evacuation or pre-evacuation.  The list will be updated as conditions change.

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 For additional information on road and trail closures affecting the San Juan National Forest go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices

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 Emergency closures in place due to the West Fork Fire Complex currently affect about 50 miles of the Colorado Trail on the Rio Grande National Forest and about 150 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail on both the Rio Grande and San Juan national forests.  These trail sections are closed to all public entry between San Luis Pass north of Creede, Stony Pass east of Silverton and Elwood Pass northeast of Pagosa Springs, as identified within the closure orders.   For more information, contact the Rio Grande National Forest at 719-852-5941.   For additional information on road and trail closures affecting the Rio Grande National Forest go to: West Fork Fire Closures.   

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 Fire Information Meetings: None scheduled at this time.

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 Media Briefings:  There are no scheduled media briefings.  If media are interested in a briefing or interview, please contact the East Zone Information Office.

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Fire Statistics:

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Location:  14.5 miles north/northeast of Pagosa Springs, CO    

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Start Date: 06/05/2013    

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Percent Contained: 4%   

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Cause:  Lightning

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 Complex Size:  92, 176 acres                                                             

            Windy Pass: 1,416 acres                                                         

            Papoose: 34,272 acres                                                             

            West Fork: 56,488 acres                                                                                             

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Total Personnel: 1508

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 Resources Include: 9 Type 1 hand crews, 21 Type 2 hand crews, 84 engines, 4 dozers, 12 water tenders, and overhead personnel

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 Air Resources:  6 Type 1 helicopters, 4 Type 2 helicopters, 10 Type 3 helicopters, and 2 single engine airtankers (SEATS)

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 Places to get information:

 

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Blog:  http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/

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Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3436/

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Twitter: @rmt1pio

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Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RockyMtn.Type1.IMT.PIOs.

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Information Boards:  Information is posted at the Pagosa Springs Visitor Information Center, Freemons Ranch near Creede, the Forest Service office in Creede, and at the Del Norte High School. 

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Photos:   http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/WestForkComplex/library/

 Source:  WestForkComplex blog

Reblogged:  6/30/13 2155 PDT

 

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Photography is Courtesy of Inciweb/West Fork Complex Fire Blog

West Fort Complex Fire Update: 6/30/13 AM

Incident: West Fork Complex Wildfire
Released: 2 hrs. ago

West Fork Complex Fire Update

  • Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander
  • Phoenix National Incident Management Organization- Curtis Heaton, Incident Commander
  • Joint Information Center: 719-569-4149 or 719-657-3279
  • Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • West Zone Email: westforkfire@gmail.com
  • East Zone Email: WestForkFire.EastZone@gmail.com

June 30, 2013 8:00 am

Special Message: Due to the high demand for information about the West Fork Complex, a blog has been created to facilitate posting current and timely fire information. Visit the blog at http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/.

Current Situation:

East Zone of the West Fork Complex (Includes Papoose and Eastern Part of West Fork Fires)

Papoose Fire: Today firefighters will again focus efforts on the northwest flank of the fire near Crooked Creek. Two days ago the fire had spotted across Crooked Creek into the area southeast of Hermit Lakes. Using a combination of dozer lines, hand lines, and water or retardant drops, firefighters will work to contain the spot fires and tie them into the main fire perimeter. On the east flank, the fire has crossed Trout Creek and is burning in the vicinity of Middle Creek. Firefighters will continue structure protection and evaluation of structures along Highway 149 east of the fire. Interior flare-ups where the fire is burning in the beetle killed spruce is expected to continue.

Plume near Big Meadows campground. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Plume near Big Meadows campground. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Eastern Part of West Fork Fire: The fire continues to be active in the Lake Humphreys and Elk Mountain areas on the north flank of the fire. Firefighters will again take advantage of natural fuel breaks in an effort to manage the fire spread in a manner that will reduce impacts on structures. Along Highway 160, firefighters will look for opportunities to secure the fire perimeter in its current location to reduce the chances of the fire reaching the highway. Evaluation of structures continues east of Highway 149.

West Zone of West Fork Complex (Includes Western Part of West Fork and Windy Pass Fires)

A change in wind direction and a brief rain yesterday brought little relief on the west part of the West Fork Fire. Air attack has been grounded the last 2 days due to smoke, but will resume today if conditions allow. Fire continues to burn in timber that is dead due to Spruce Beetle kill.

 

Smoke column of fires taken on June 16. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Smoke column of fires taken on June 16. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Western Part of West Fork Fire: The West Zone of the West Fork fire is the portion of the fire burning south of the continental divide. Structure protection is still in place for Wolf Creek Ski Area, Borns Lake Cabins, and Bruce Spruce Resort, which is still open, and hose lays and sprinkler systems are in place and operational in the West Fork Campground that is also open. Crews started to backhaul the excess firefighting equipment at Borns Lake, Bruce Spruce and Wolf Creek.

Windy Pass Fire: Activity on the Windy Pass Fire today was minimal. Crews completed work around Lane Creek and continue to monitor fire activity there.

Weather: Scattered thunderstorms will develop in the afternoon with moderate to heavy rainfall possible. This will increase the potential for ash and mudslides in recently burned areas. Thunderstorms are predicted for the next few days with rain, lightning and winds being the primary concerns. Winds today will be out of the northwest 5-15 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph.

Public Health and Safety: Smoke monitors are in place in Pagosa Springs, Del Norte, and Creede. The monitors are identified as #78 (Del Norte), #69 (Creede) and #65 (Pagosa Springs) and can be accessed through the map located at: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl. Times displayed are in GMT – subtract 6 hours to get local time (MDT). For the official Colorado Smoke Outlook visit http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx and http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx for further health advisory information.

Please use caution when traveling along Highways 149 and 160. Heavy fire traffic can be expected along the highways and within the communities of South Fork, Creede, and Del Norte. Please do not stop along the roads to take pictures of the fire or firefighters as doing so could impede fire operations.

Evacuations and Closures: Highway 149 is now open. The evacuation for Wagon Wheel Estates has been changed to pre-evacuation. Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice in the event that fire activity changes. Visit http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/ for a list of areas currently under evacuation or pre-evacuation. The list will be updated as conditions change.

For additional information on road and trail closures affecting the San Juan National Forest go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices.

Emergency closures in place due to the West Fork Fire Complex currently affect about 50 miles of the Colorado Trail on the Rio Grande National Forest and about 150 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail on both the Rio Grande and San Juan national forests. These trail sections are closed to all public entry between San Luis Pass north of Creede, Stony Pass east of Silverton and Elwood Pass northeast of Pagosa Springs, as identified within the closure orders. For more information, contact the Rio Grande National Forest at 719-852-5941. For additional information on road and trail closures affecting the Rio Grande National Forest go to: West Fork Fire Closures.

The Incident Commander provides updates to residents. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

The Incident Commander provides updates to residents. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Information Meetings:

Del Norte: Daily briefing at the Red Cross Shelter in Del Norte at 9 am.

Media Briefings: There are no scheduled media briefings. If media are interested in a briefing or interview, please contact the East Zone Information Office.

Fire Statistics:

Location: 14.5 miles north/northeast of Pagosa Springs, CO Start Date: 06/05/2013

Complex Size: 92, 176 acres Percent Contained: 2%

Windy Pass: 1,416 acres Cause: Lightning

Papoose: 34,272 acres Total Personnel: 1502

West Fork: 56,488 acres

Resources Include: 8 Type 1 hand crews, 20 Type 2 hand crews, 109 engines, 5 dozers, 11 water tenders, and overhead personnel

Air Resources: 6 Type 1 helicopters, 3 Type 2 helicopters, 9 Type 3 helicopters, and 2 single engine airtankers (SEATS)

Places to get information:

Blog: http://westforkfirecomplex.blogspot.com/

Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3436/

Twitter: @rmt1pio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockyMtn.Type1.IMT.PIOs.

Information Boards: Information is posted at the Pagosa Springs Visitor Information Center, Freemons Ranch near Creede, the Forest Service office in Creede, and at the Red Cross Shelter in Del Norte.

Photos: http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/WestForkComplex/library/

Source:  InciWeb

Reblogged: 6/30/13 1035 PDT

 

2013  The NW Fire Blog