Colorado Wildfire: 416 Fire Going Strong | 2

DURANGO, Colo. – A wildfire named the 416 Fire started at 1000 hours MDT on Friday, June 1, 2018, from an unknown cause.  It is still being investigated.

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Photo Credit | Wyoming Hotshots

CURRENT STATUS

Fire Status:

  • 2,255 acres
  • 10% containment status
  • Moderate with possible adverse weather moving in possibly producing rain, drying lightning and gusty winds

Roadways:

  • US Hwy 550 has been reopened but with limitations to through traffic only from 1030 hours to 1800 hours.  Law Enforcement (La Plata Co SO, Colorado State Patrol, CO DOT and Durango PD) will escort vehicles through the closed area from mile markers 35.5 to 43.5.
  • If fire activity increases, Hwy 550 could close again
  • Fire vehicles in the area, use caution when driving on roadways
  • Fire has NOT crossed over Highway 550
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Photo Credit: La Plata County Government

LOCATION

The fire is located on the west side of Highway 550, about 10 miles north of Durango.  It is burning in the San Juan National Forest in La Plata County, Colorado.

RESOURCES

The IC is the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team which assumed command on 0600 on June 3, 2018.  This is a Type 3 organization.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

San Juan National Forest, La Plata County Government, USFS, BLM, Durango Fire Protection District and Upper Pine Fire Protection District.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • La Plata County – Emergency Alerts including evacuation and pre-evacuation orders on your cell phone or email.  bit.ly/CodeRed_signup
  • Hwy 550 Drivers – Don’t stop on highway as fire suppression efforts are being conducted.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Drones in Fire Zones

  • Drones were seen flying in the fire area, which were said to being flown by non-fire personnel which in turn forced fire suppression air assets to be grounded.

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  • This always  puts the lives of all whom are using fire suppression efforts in danger.  Remember that infamous saying, ” #NoDronesInFireZones” or ” #IfYouFlyWeCant” or ” #KnowBeforeYouFly”.  It is simple as 1-2-3.

Declaration(s):

  • State-of-Local disaster declared by La Plata County Manager, Joanne Spina due to (fire) and exceptional drought conditions at 1753 hours MDT.  Declaration recommended to La Plata County Board of County Commissioners that this commence for a period of excess of seven days.

EVACUATIONS

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Photo Credit | La Plata County

Mandatory evacuations:

  •  Iron Gate subdivision in the 36000 block of 550 North.
  • Rockwood south to Baker’s Bridge west of the Animas River on the east side of US Hwy 550 because of shifting winds.
  • Glacier Club/Tamarron area
  • North to Electra Lake Road
  • Chris Park and Haviland Lake areas, including campers at Haviland Lake campground
  • Electra Lake to Baker’s Bridge
  • Purgatory Ski area
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Photo Credit | La Plata County

SHELTER(S)

People:

  • Escalante Middle School – 141 Baker Lane, Durango. Register at school or Silverton Visitor Center to check in, get your resident credentials.
  • Silverton Middle School. Silverton.  RED CROSS Shelter.

Livestock:

  • La Plata County Fairgrounds – 2500 Main Avenue, Durango. Emergency Center 970-385-3700 can help with coordination.

Small Animals:

  • La Plata County Humane Society – 1111 South Camino del Rio, Durango. 970-259-2847.
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Hazardous Air Quality. Photo Credit | La Plata County

DONATIONS – OFFERS OF ASSISTANCE

4 Corners Back Country Horsemen:

  • “We are ready to help with any horse or livestock evacuations. Trailers and pasture available throughout the county. Contact:  570-228-1340.”

Per County Officials:

  • No donations are needed says the La Plata County Officials but they recommend to call the Fire Hotline at 970-385-8700 and leave your name on a list should items be needed.

Clothing/Household Donations:

  • The Discover Goodwill of Durango – 1230 Escalante Drive, Durango.  They are accepting clothing and household donations. Financial donations can be made by calling the Community Foundation serving SW Colorado.  970-259-2847.

SOURCES

We only use verified sources such as Official FIRE, EMS and Emergency Management/County Agencies.  Additionally, we also may use information out on Social Media as to eyewitness accounts and report what they are saying.

We will  thoroughly research our articles and glean information from various sources prior to posting.  Sometimes, our sources may have inaccurate information.  We attempt to post information to the best of ours and our sources’ abilities.

We appreciate you reading and following our post.  We ask that you think of those who are responding to this large wildfire incident and the residents who are having to go through mandatory evacuations, as well as some being displaced altogether. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/3/2018 @ 1130 hours PDT 

 

Colorado Wildfire: 416 Fire is a Firestorm

DURANGO, Colo. – A wildfire named the 416 Fire started at 1000 hours MDT on Friday, June 1, 2018, from an unknown cause.

Photo Credit | San Juan NF

Around 1300 hours, the fire was estimated to be between 100 – 150 acres.

Fire assets were immediately dispatched.

Road closures, evacuations are currently in effect.

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Photo Credit: La Plata County Government

LOCATION

The fire is located on the west side of Highway 550, about 10 miles north of Durango, Colorado.

RESOURCES

15 air resources are on-scene.  Lone Peak Hotshots are assigned to the incident.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

San Juan National Forest, La Plata County Government, USFS, BLM, Durango Fire Protection District and Upper Pine Fire Protection District.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • La Plata County – Emergency Alerts including evacuation and pre-evacuation orders on your cell phone or email.  bit.ly/CodeRed_signup
  • Hwy 550 Drivers – Don’t stop on highway as fire suppression efforts are being conducted.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Drones in Fire Zones

  • Drones were seen flying in the fire area, which were said to being flown by non-fire personnel which in turn forced fire suppression air assets to be grounded.  This always  puts the lives of all whom are using fire suppression efforts in danger.  Remember that infamous saying, ” #NoDronesInFireZones” or ” #IfYouFlyWeCant” or ” #KnowBeforeYouFly”.  It is simple as 1-2-3.

Evacuations:

  • 852 residences have been evacuated under mandatory orders.
  • 750 structures under pre-evacuation order notices.

Fire Growth:

  • 1345:  Fire grew to 200 acres.  Winds had shifted and coming out of the southwest.
  • 1635: Fire now estimated at 863 acres.
  • 1929:  Fire reaches 1,000 acres.  Fire behavior is calming.
  • 1945:  Fire growth to 1,100 acres. Winds are settling. Containment status unknown.  Cause under investigation.

Declaration:

  • State-of-Local disaster declared by La Plata County Manager, Joanne Spina due to (fire) and exceptional drought conditions at 1753 hours MDT.  Declaration recommended to La Plata County Board of County Commissioners that this commence for a period of excess of seven days.

Closures:

  • Hwy 550 is closed overnight.

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuations:

  •  Iron Gate subdivision in the 36000 block of 550 North.
  • Rockwood south to Baker’s Bridge west of the Animas River on the east side of US Hwy 550 because of shifting winds.
  • Glacier Club/Tamarron area
  • North to Electra Lake Road
  • Chris Park and Haviland Lake areas, including campers at Haviland Lake campground
  • Electra Lake to Baker’s Bridge
  • Purgatory Ski area

Pre-evacuation orders:

  • East side of 550 North of CR 250 to Electra Lake.
  • North to Cascade Village.
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Photo Credit | La Plata County

SHELTER(S)

People:

  • Escalante Middle School – 141 Baker Lane, Durango. Register at school or Silverton Visitor Center to check in, get your resident credentials.
  • Silverton Middle School. Silverton.  RED CROSS Shelter.

Livestock:

  • La Plata County Fairgrounds – 2500 Main Avenue, Durango. Emergency Center 970-385-3700 can help with coordination.

Small Animals:

  • La Plata County Humane Society – 1111 South Camino del Rio, Durango. 970-259-2847.
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Photo Credit | La Planta County

CLOSURES

  • US Hwy 550:  Both directions between mile markers 38 and 48.  Traffic being rerouted to County Road 250.

DONATIONS – OFFERS OF ASSISTANCE

4 Corners Back Country Horsemen:

  • “We are ready to help with any horse or livestock evacuations. Trailers and pasture available throughout the county. Contact:  570-228-1340.”

Per County Officials:

  • No donations are needed says the La Plata County Officials but they recommend to call the Fire Hotline at 970-385-8700 and leave your name on a list should items be needed.

Clothing/Household Donations:

  • The Discover Goodwill of Durango – 1230 Escalante Drive, Durango.  They are accepting clothing and household donations. Financial donations can be made by calling the Community Foundation serving SW Colorado.  970-259-2847.

SOURCES

We only use verified sources such as Official FIRE, EMS and Emergency Management/County Agencies.  Additionally, we also may use information out on Social Media as to eyewitness accounts and report what they are saying.

We will  thoroughly research our articles and glean information from various sources prior to posting.  Sometimes, our sources may have inaccurate information.  We attempt to post information to the best of ours and our sources’ abilities.

We appreciate you reading and following our post.  We ask that you think of those who are responding to this large wildfire incident and the residents who are having to go through mandatory evacuations, as well as some being displaced altogether. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/1/2018 @ 2320 hours PDT

 

Colorado’s #Sunshine Fire Intensifies

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Near Sunshine Canyon, Colorado | A wildfire broke out in the area approximately nine hours ago with evacuations under way and water being gulped up by air resources from Wonderland Lake.

(Photo Credit: Boulder OEM)

Fire conditions progressively proved to be worsening as the fire began to intensify only one hour later with the initial five to eight acres burning.  However, winds were moving in a southern direction causing the fire to pick up speeds.

Fire Managers initially believed the fire had increased to 30-50 acres which in actuality it was being held at 62 acres.

View from Settler’s Park. (Photo Credit: Boulder OEM)

Fire crews have successfully reached a 20% containment status.  Currently, Air operations are fully engaged and dropping slurry/water.

RESOURCES

Fire 

All 8 aircraft active; 1 SEAT (Ft Collins), 1 heavy air tanker (Jeff County), 2 Chinook (National Guard), 2 Blackhawk (National Guard), 1 Lead, 1 MMA. Bucket drop target started at 0830 this morning.

Fire Fact:  

“Slurry” is another name for Fire Retardant.

Non-Emergency Contacts

Public Call Center line is now open for non-emergency calls. 303-413-7730,

EVACUATIONS

Evacuations began at 0434 MDT this morning in the following areas:  (Green indicates “evacuated” and Red indicates “pre-evacuated”)

Evacuation Map (Courtesy: Boulder OEM)

Shelters

  • East Boulder Community Center for people and their pets. [Small animals are welcome, please being a crate is available].
  • Boulder County Fairgrounds – Large animals.

CLOSURES

Roads

  • Sunshine Canyon Drive (Mapleton) between 4th Street and Timber.
  • In the City of Boulder between Mapleton and Canyon Drive along 4th.
  • Boulder Canyon closure at 9th Street westbound.

Trails

  • Betasso Preserve & Bald Mountain Open Spaces as well as Boulder OSMP trails in the Red Rocks, Sanitas, Sunshine Canyon and Wonderland Lake areas are closed.
Fire Fact:  
Fire Retardant consists of 85% water, 10% fertilizer & ammonia phosphate and 5% iron oxide red clay and bentinite.

Avoid!

  • Eldora Ski Resort pass holders should avoid 119 today and take alternate routes.

#SunshineFire perimeter (Photo Credit: Boulder OEM)

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Structural

No damage or destruction reported

Injuries

None reported.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

View from the Sky. (Photo Credit: Boulder OEM)

The current weather in Boulder, Colorado is 73*F degrees with winds at 11 m.p.h., partly cloudy with 15% humidity and UV being moderate.

Due to the fire conditions, it is not recommended for recreational use in the area due to smoke and other unhealthy air conditions.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

Arapaho/Roosevelt NFs (CO) Fires Sept 7 2016

STARWOOD FIRE

The Starwood Fire was detected on September 6, 2016, on 1208 hours when the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office received a smoke report.  When LCSO resources showed up, they were faced with a two-three (2-3) acres fire with conditions of wind gusts up to 25 mph.

The small-fire-turned-wildfire is located at 1000 North County Road 59 and North of Cherokee Park Road (80C) on the Arapho / Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grasslands.

Blackened ground on a hillside.

Burned area of the Starwood Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

LCSO Deputies assisted with evacuations after a Everbridge Emergency notifications were activated for 43 structures (non-residences).

Additional resources were requested as the fire consumed dry fuels and gusting winds continued.

By 1530 hours, the fire destroyed 300 acres.  At 1800 hours, this fire call would turn from Initial Attack to a Type 3 Incident.

On Sunday, September 4th (Sunday) there were 40-50 personnel assigned.  At the height of the fire on September 5th (Monday), there were a total of 120 personnel attached to this incident.

As of today, September 7th (Wednesday), there are still reports of 120 personnel that have reached a 70% containment status on the now 304 acres fire.

There have been no damage reported to structures or injuries that have occurred.

Social Media hashtags for this fire being used are:  #AzWILDFIRE  #NWFireBlogAZ #StarwoodFireAZ

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog