CO Wildfire | Olpe Corner Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – 4/12/2022 – Tuesday

The OLPE CORNER FIRE is a human-caused fire which is located about two miles south of Hartford, Colorado.

Fire assets and resources were dispatched via the Pueblo Interagency Dispatch Center on Monday, April 11, 2022, to the area in Lyon County around 1700 hours MDT.

At this time, there have been 95 acres of grass and timber destroyed.

This is developing story. Please check back for updates on this one and other incidents.

This is Incident #LYX-410 PN PKC8 (1522). (Source: wildcad.net)

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

Update 2 | West Ranch Fire | CO

Credit | Inter-Canyon FPD

Update 2 | 12/5/2021 1900 PT

Fire is located in the Inter-Canyon’s District, about .5 miles from the West Ranch community. Fire has now destroyed six acres of oak brush, grass, and leaf litter.

The lead Fire Agency is the Inter-Canyon Protection District.

Firefighters will continue with fire watch overnight and crews will not be engaging the fire with suppression due to darkness, steep terrain, rocky conditions, and dropping cold temps.

Active fire suppression will re-engage on Monday morning. Incident Cooperators include Elk Creek FD, GFR, EFR, Indian Hills Fire, Foothills FD and West Metro Fire Rescue.

The cause of this fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation.

A RED FLAG WARNING was issued on early Sunday morning and in effect for Jefferson County above 6,000 feet including all of the areas served by the ICFPD and Elk Creek FD from 1000 hours to 1400 hours due to high winds, low humidity which is the prime conditions for wildfires. Officials asked residents and the public to avoid any source of open flame outside.

Update 1 | 12/5/2021

Credit | Inter-Canyon FDP

A small brush fire broke out on Sunday, December 5, 2021, from an unknown cause. The fire had burned about four to five acres in size, was burning in the foothills, west of Ken Caryl Valley in Jefferson County. Colorado.

No structures were initially reported as being threatened.

Incident Cooperators include West Metro Fire, Inter-Canyon FPD, Elk Creek FD, and the Indian FD.

Staging is located at Intercanyon Fire. Structure protection is in place and operational. Copters and State MMA aircraft are on order. The fire was detected at about 1410 hours PT.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CO | Summit Fire | 1

SIT REP 1 — JUNE 10, 2021 — 2100 PT

Incident Summary

Credit — Summit Fire & EMS (Facebook)

A new wildfire has reportedly ignited on Thursday evening around 2054 hours PT, located south of I-70 between Silverthorne and Eisenhower Tunnel.

The cause is unknown.

Current Status

Firefighters will continue fighting the fire and will move into a night operational time period. The fire is estimated to be around 15-20 acres.

Credit — Summit Fire & EMS (Facebook)

Wind gusts up to 15 mph are pushing the fire into heavy fire fuels of dead-standing lodgepole pine and spruce.

Fire behavior is active with occasional torching.

There are no reports of structures being threatened; no evacuations are in effect.

Resources

About 30 local and federal firefighters are on-scene that represent the USFS, Summit Fire & EMS and the Red, White and Blue Fire Department.

Summit County SO is conducting the traffic closure.

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Credit — @SCSOPIO (Twitter)

Traffic Reports

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has closed I-170 at Silverthorne and diverting traffic around Loveland Pass.

The Summit Fire and EMS Department states, the road will be opened as conditions allow. They are concerned for firefighter safety and for drivers that may be impacted by this incident.

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Credit — Summit Fire & EMS

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CO Wildfire | Morrison Road Fire

UPDATE | 2/7/2021 1700 MST

Fire resources and equipment were dispatched on Sunday, February 7, 2021, around 1418 MST to Bear Creek Lake, about one mile east of Morrison in the South Platte Ranger District on Morrison Road and Bear Creek Boulevard.

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This is located in Jefferson County in Lakewood, Colorado

Locals called this the MORRISON ROAD FIRE, while the Pueblo Interagency Dispatch Center was calling the incident the BEAR CREEK FIRE according to their CAD system.

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The fire was reportedly moving to the east along Morrison Road, prompting area evacuations from Owen Lane to Kipling communities.

Though no structures were in imminent danger, Command initiated Structure protection protocols.

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A local shelter was established at the nearby Bear Creek High School.

Around 1500 MST, fire was being moved quickly by winds to the east and causing more urgency to evacuate people from their homes.

The fire was listed at 100 acres around 1535 MST and was said to be threatening the Fox Hollow and Homestead communities.

Resources include several from various mutual Fire Departments with 110 combined firefighters and 19 engines.

Fire crews have successfully put out most of the fire but they will remain on the fire line to extinguish hot spots.

Evacuation orders will remain in force until further notice. There are no current threats to structures but fire Officials are ensuring to protect the public from any future unforeseen dangers.

Photo Credit | West Metro Fire Protection District

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ABOUNT WEST METRO FIRE

West Metro Fire Protection District is a full-service, all-hazard fire and rescue agency in the Denver Metro area in Lakewood, Colorado. They respond to an area more than 108-square miles in two counties and serve nearly 280 residents with crews staffing 17 fire stations that work a 48/96 shift.

The Department employs almost 360 line personnel, both paramedics and firefighters as nearly 60 staff.

They also have several specialty groups within their Department, which includes a dive team, technical rescue, wildland team (wildfire response team), HAZMAT team, and EMS.

This Fire Department is also the sponsoring agency for the Colorado Task Force 1 (CO-TF1), a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue unit.

To learn more about this great Fire Agency, you can visit them on their website here –> Operations | West Metro Fire Protection District, CO

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/7/2021 1555 PT

New CO Wildfire | Morrison Road Fire

Firefighters and equipment were dispatched at 1330 MST on Sunday, February 7, 2021, to a confirmed fast-moving vegetation fire on Morrison Road and Bear Creek Boulevard in Lakewood, Colorado.

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Photo Images | West Metro FPD
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The fire was reportedly moving to the east along Morrison Road, prompting area evacuations from Owen Lane to Kipling communities. Structure protection protocols were initiated but no threats to structures was reported.

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A local shelter was established at the nearby Bear Creek High School.

Around 1500 MST, fire was being moved quickly by winds to the east and causing more urgency to evacuate people from their homes.

The fire was listed at 100 acres around 1535 MST and was said to be threatening the Fox Hollow and Homestead communities.

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Resources include several from various mutual Fire Departments with 110 combined firefighters and 19 engines.

Fire crews have successfully put out most of the fire but they will remain on the fire line to extinguish hot spots.

Evacuation orders will remain in force until further notice. There are no current threats to structures but fire Officials are ensuring to protect the public from any future unforeseen dangers.

ABOUNT WEST METRO FIRE

West Metro Fire Protection District is a full-service, all-hazard fire and rescue agency in the Denver Metro area in Lakewood, Colorado. They respond to an area more than 108-square miles in two counties and serve nearly 280 residents with crews staffing 17 fire stations that work a 48/96 shift.

The Department employs almost 360 line personnel, both paramedics and firefighters as nearly 60 staff.

They also have several specialty groups within their Department, which includes a dive team, technical rescue, wildland team (wildfire response team), HAZMAT team, and EMS.

This Fire Department is also the sponsoring agency for the Colorado Task Force 1 (CO-TF1), a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue unit.

To learn more about this great Fire Agency, you can visit them on their website here –> Operations | West Metro Fire Protection District, CO

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/7/2021 1555 PT

COLORADO’S WILDFIRES

While some States are see a reduced number of wildfires due to either rain or through containment during favorable weather condition, Colorado has seen their fair share of wildfires.

Here is a current list of wildfires burning in Colorado.

ARAPAHO AND ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FORESTS

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes | USFS

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Photo Credit | Mt View Fire Rescue

Active fire behavior with short crown runs, wind-driven runs and flanking. 205,005 acres of timber. 51% contained.

Several communities threatened. Evacuations. Closures in effect. 250 structures lost. $93.8 Million cost-to-date.

1,591 total personnel. 36 crews, 108 engines, 15 helicopters.

LEFTHAND CANYON FIRE | 1 mile E of Ward | USFS

Firefighters working along Lefthand Canyon Road on October 19.
Photo Credit | Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

Pawnee National Grassland. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. 460 acres of timber. 43% contained.

Homes threatened. Closures in effect. $400,000 cost-to-date.

115 total personnel. 3 crews, 12 crews.

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | 15 miles SW of Fraser | USFS

Fire consumes aspen and lodgepole as the burning operation progresses on the Williams Fork Fire Aug. 24. Photo by Kari Greer
Photo Credit | USFS

Pawnee national Grassland. Minimal fire behavior with single tree torching, short-range spotting and creeping.

14,670 acres of timber and short grass. 26% contained.

Several communities and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effect. $24 Million cost-to-date.

190 total personnel. 1 crew, 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

BOULDER COUNTY

CALWOOD FIRE | 10 miles NW of Boulder | Boulder County lands

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Photo Credit | Boulder County OEM

RM Team Black Team, IMT 2 also managing the LEFTHAND FIRE.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching. 9,854 acres of timber, brush and short grass. 21% contained.

Several communities threatened. Closures in effect. 28 structures lost. $1.4 Million cost-to-date.

411 total personnel. 10 crews, 28 engines and 8 helicopters.

MEDICINE BOW-ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST

EAST TROUBLESOME FIRE | 16 miles NE of Kremmling | USFS

East Troublesome Fire, Oct. 16, 2020
Photo Credit | USFS

Thunder Basin Grassland. Active fire behavior with group torching and long-range spotting. Transfer of command from NR Team6, IMT2 to PNW Team 3, IMT1.

19,086 acres of timber and grass. 10% contained. $5.1 Million cost-to-date.

295 total personnel. 10 crews, 23 engines and 4 helicopters.

MIDDLE FORK FIRE | 10 miles N of Steamboat Springs | USFS

Unburned aspen and mixed conifer are visible in the foreground, with smoke rising behind a rocky ridge in the near distance.
Photo Credit | USFS

Thunder Basin Grassland. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

20,194 acres of timber. 1% contained. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effect. $6.4 Million cost-to-date.

114 total personnel. 3 engines and 3 helicopters.

SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST

ICE FIRE | 5 miles W of Silverton | USFS

A mountain side with smoke rises in places is shown. The South Fork Mineral Creek Road is visible at the bottom.
Photo Credit | USFS

Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, spotting and backing. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effort.

583 acres of timber and short grass. 25% contained. $400,000 cost-to-date.

100 total personnel. 2 crews, 6 engines and 5 helicopters.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/21/2020 2030 PT

Cameron Peak Fire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The CAMERON PEAK FIRE is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and on the Pawnee National Grasslands.

Ignited from an unknown source, it was reported on August 13, 2020.

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Photo Credit | USFS

It is located about 15 miles northwest of Redfeather Lakes (Larimer County) in the beautiful State of Colorado (USA).

Command is comprised of the NW IMT Team 6 with IC Shawn Sheldon and Deputy ICs Shane Theall and Ken Paul.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is current active with flanking, group torching and backing.

Crews have reached a 40% containment status after a successful day of making progress with heavy equipment and air support.

Airtanker drops retardant near Manhattan Road
Photo Credit | USFS

A TFR is in effect. No Drones in Fire Zones.

FIRE RESPONSE

Currently, assigned are 866 total personnel with 17 crews, 53 engines and 11 helcopters.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There has been 126,164 acres of timber destroyed along with 89 structures.

Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $63,100,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 2130 PT

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | COLORADO | SIT REP 2

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE

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Photo Credit | NWS Boulder

15 miles NW of Fraser, Colorado

UPDATE 2  | Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles NW of Fraser in Grand County.

It is west of Winter Park and Denver in  the Fraser Valley and south of Hot Sulphur Springs.  This is located in the Ft. Collins zone, near Ute Pass in Colorado.

Fire started on Friday, August 14 around noon MDT (1043 PT)

Fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $1 Million and is rising each day.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has burned 6,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status.  Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire behavior is extreme with rapid rate of spread.

–> Virtual Community Meeting:  August 16, 2020 1700 (5pm) Hours MDT. Go to the Grand County Sheriff’s Facebook @GrandCoSheriff in case you miss or missing it <—

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RESOURCES

There are 91 total personnel which includes 5 Type 1 air tankers, 1 VLAT, 1 Type 2 Crew, 1 Type 1 helo, 1 Type 3 helo, 4 Type 3 engines, 8 SEATs.

Incident Cooperators include:  USFS (Lead Agency), CDPHE Air Pollution, Colorado Emergency Management, Grand and Summer County Fire Agencies, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Rocky Mountain Coordination Center, RMACC, NWS Boulder, NWS IMET Operations, GMUG National Forests, Summit Fire and EMS, Grand County Colorado, Mapping Support (Joseph Elfelt).

CLOSURES

Road closures are in effect for the following areas:

CR 3 is open with intermittent closures.  CR 30 remains closed along with 50, which is closed near Young Life.

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

EVACUATION SHELTERS

An evacuation shelter is open at The Inn at Silvercreek Conference Center. 62927 US Hwy 40, Grandby, CO 80446.

For more details, contact the Sheriffs Office at 970-725-3852.

ALERTS

Evacuation order Update here –> Road closures and evacuation is located at this weblink here —>  https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd781558.pdf (Grand County, Colorado)

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1625 PT, 1725 MDT

 

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | COLORADO | SIT REP 2

CAMERON PEAK FIRE

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Photo Credit | South Metro Fire & Rescue

UPDATE 2- Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake; about 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes (Rocky Mountains) in  the State of Colorado.

Did You Know?

In 2019, there were 11,755 fires that burned a total of 174,624 acres.  This year by tomorrow will clearly and easily surpass last year’s fire stats. – RMACC (CO, WY, KS, NE, SD)

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Photo Credit | RMACC

The CAMERON PEAK FIRE  started on August 13, 2020 around 1348 hours MDT from an unknown cause. It is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs and long-range spotting. The fire has crossed over Total acres destroyed, 10,867 and there is still no containment status.

Fire crews will continue with extensive structure protection and indirect suppression activities. Forest Fire Officials say it is too dangerous for a direct attack.

It has now spread east of Hwy 14.

The biggest fire fuel in these Colorado National Forests are millions of beetle killed trees, dry and high temperatures making it perfect for a firestorm. No rain has fallen to help with fire suppression efforts.

RESOURCES

The South Metro Fire & Rescue (Station 33) will be sending another wildland team to this incident. This will be a 3rd unit from the metro Denver area to assist as a mutual aid resource.

One helicopter was dispatched from Bozeman, Montana as a mutual resource.

Incident Cooperators include the Rocky Mtn IMT, USFS and Larimer County Sheriff, South Metro F&R, NWS Boulder, NWS Grand Junction, Canyon Lakes Ranger District,

Air assets include Tanker 911, a McDonald Douglas DC10 and multiple helicopters (have been working since Day1)

Footage Credit | Arapaho and Roosevelt NF / Pawnee Natl Grassland

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

No structures have been reported as damaged or destroyed.

The expenses for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $564,000 and are climbing rapidly each day.

ALERTS

—> 2nd Community Meeting to be Held Sunday, August 16, 2020 1730 (5:30pm)

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There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR, meaning NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES.

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THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Today’s been the worst air quality in northern Colorado for a while. – Local resident with Asthma

A large smoke column can be seen from Shadow Mountain Lake in Grand Lake. – Local resident

Another smoky morning in the Canyon. – Local resident

I cannot believe people are still out rafting in the Poudre Canyon right now! Lower PC is safe but who wants to be in all that smoke? – Local resident

[Fire] burning near Walden doubles in size. Prompts health warnings. – MSN.com, Coloradoan.com.

Finally getting some more air support on this fire with several LATs (Large air tankers) and one VLAT (Very large air tanker) in addition to the helicopters that have been working since Day 1. – Local Meterologist

Cannot even see the foothills 2 miles away from Fort Collins. Smoke has really increased today. – Digital Marketer

Like much of Rawah Wilderness/Roosevelt NF is made up of mostly beetle kill which leaves it vulnerable and full of unburned fire fuels.  Going to be very hard to contain. – Local resident/hiker

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1515 PT

 

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | COLORADO SIT REP | 1

CAMERON PEAK FIRE

Photo Credit | Cameron Peak Fire Facebook

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, August 15, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes, Colorado.

The fire started on August 13, 2020 around 1348 hours MDT from an unknown cause. It is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

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–> Community Meeting (Virtual Meeting) August 15, 2020 1700 (5pm) MDT <–

Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs and long-range spotting.  There has been 5,100 acres of timber litter that has been destroyed.  There is a 0% containment status.

Structures are threatened. Evacuations in effect. Road Closures in effect.

Fire crews will continue to identify and protect valued assets, as well as keeping the fire north of CO Hwy 16.

The weather forecast is expected to continue to deteriorate with hot temps, dry and breezy conditions, ripe for fire weather.

RESOURCES

The USFS is the lead agency with the RM Blue Team, a Type 2 IMT assumed command this morning at 0600 MDT.

About 108 total personnel are deployed on this incident along with 4 crews, 7 engines and 3 helicopters.

Incident Cooperators include the Rocky Mtn IMT, USFS and Larimer County Sheriff.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

None reported to structures or infrastructure.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters reported.

ALERTS

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Smoke in Larimer County is turning the sun orange. Some ash landed on me earlier.” – Eyewitness account

“Fire burns portions of popular Poudre Canyon campground.” –  Business leader

“The sky is telling me that Poudre Canyon will not be the place to go camping this weekend.” – Area resident

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2020 – 1500 PT, 1600 MDT