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 Wildfire: New Fire in Last 24 Hours is the #SpoolFire

KIM, Colo. – A new wildfire named the #SpoolFire ignited from an unknown cause within the last 24 hours in Las Animas County or 17 miles southwest of Kim, Colorado.

Current Status

The fire has scorched 450 acres of short grass and timber.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 95% containment status.  Fire behavior is still considered to be active.

Photo Credit | DFPC

Resources

There are 42 personnel assigned along with 1 crew, 1 engine and 1 helicopter.

Incident Cooperators

American Red Cross, DFPC Fire, Juniper Valley HC

Damage Assessment

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment total so far is $30,000.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Colorado Wildfire: #HorsePark Fire One of Many Burning

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. – A wildfire burning about 40 miles south of Norwood and 100 miles west of Telluride, Colorado started on May 27, 2018.

Current Fire Status

Fire crews were able to build/reinforce the fire line along the southern, western and northern flanks of the fire.  This included intensive efforts which also included building hand and dozer lines which enabled crews to reach a 50% containment status.

Fire managers are saying they feel confident the remaining containment line will hold until tomorrow – which help increase further for them.  A helicopter also provided assistance to put out hot spots.

Photo Credit | Horse Park Fire – BLM

At some point due firefighting suppression efforts, structure protection was in effect.

The fire has burned approximately 1,500 acres as of May 28, 2018, which had a 5% containment status.  It is said to be burning on BLM managed lands in a very remote area.

Resources

A Type 2 team was implemented on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to protect resources.

Some reported rain fell over surrounding communities, except over the fire line.  No impacts were made on the fires from the passing rainstorm.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Out of the Area | CA Wildfire #SchoolHouseFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A small wildfire is burning off of County Road (CR) 339 near Buena Vista (Chaffee County) in Colorado, ignited on Sunday, April 1, 2018.

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Photo Credit | Chaffee County Fire Protection District

Incident Cooperators |  Firefighters from Chaffee County Fire Protection District, Salida Fire, Buena Vista Fire, Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, Chaffee EMS and Chaffee OEM are currently working together.

Resources | Resources included multiple units from the skies to the ground, including this DFPC Engine 3161 alongside Swift Buena Vista.

Photo Credit | CO Div of Fire Prevention and Control

Size Up | The small fire wildfire was listed at 26.7 acres and had a 60% containment status on Monday.  No cause was known at the time of a presser released at 2015 hours on Sunday night.

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Photo Credit | CO Div of Fire Prevention and Control

Photo Credit | Photo Credits are given to those that are listed and to the best of our ability. We do not lay claim to any of the fire images, just the content.

Social Media | #SchoolHouseFire #COwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#StatelineFire Burning in Three States | 2

Updated 3/12/2018 @ 2015 hours PDT

STATELINE FIRE 

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Photo Credit | Oklahoma Forestry Services

START DATE/TIME

A very large wildfire ignited on private land in New Mexico on March 8, 2018 would soon spread to nearby states Colorado and Oklahoma.  The fire is currently located 2.5 miles NW of Kenton, Oklahoma in Cimarron County.

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The fire has now destroyed total of an estimated 26,821 acres burned of which 15,851 acres are in New Mexico and 10,960 are in Colorado and 10 acres in Oklahoma.

Significant smoke was expected to impact the area today due to unburned fire fuels in the interior of the fire perimeter.

No threats or evacuations are in effect.

COMMAND

Unified Command is currently in effect with Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS), U.S. Forest Service (New Mexico) and Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

RESOURCES

There are approximately 150 personnel actively in fire suppression and containment efforts on the fire line.

OFS is working with Boise City and Kenton Fire Departments.

Photo Credit | New Mexico Fire Info

 

 

CONTAINMENT STATUS

Fire crews are still holding containment lines at 40% since Sunday’s update on March 12, 2018.

 

AIR ASSETS

The Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA) was dispatched (presser reported on March 11 @ 0845 hours) and on scene in Baca and Las Animas counties in the State of Colorado.

This much needed asset (MMA 328SF) was said to be flying around the fire in Las Animas and Baca Counties on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Photo Credit | CO Fire Prev & Control (CO State Fire)

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using the following hashtags for this fire #StatelineFire #NWwildfire2018 #OKwildfire2018  #COwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#StatelineFire Burning in Three States | 1

Updated 3/11/2018 @ 2030 hours PDT

STATELINE FIRE 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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A large wildfire is currently burning in multiple states with a total of 26,821 acres destroyed.  As of 2100 hours MDT (2000 hours PDT), 10,960 acres have burned in Colorado and now 10 acres in Oklahoma with the remaining in New Mexico (north of Clayton in Union County where it all began).

Ignition Details

The fire started on March 8, 2018, on private property but would quickly spread to nearby areas and now various States.

Containment Status

Fire crews have reached a 40% containment status.

FIRE FUELS

Fire fuels include pinyon, juniper, oak and grass.

RESOURCES

Fire Personnel

There are currently 140 personnel assigned and working on the fire line that represent multiple agencies.

Hand Crews

As of 1622 hours, the Mescalero Agency (BIA) dispatched a Type Initial Attack (IA) hand crew to this wildfire on March 10, 2018.

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Photo Credit | BIA – Forestry & Wildland Fire – Mescalero Agency

Air Asssets

The Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA) was dispatched (presser reported on March 11 @ 0845 hours) and on scene in Baca and Las Animas counties in the State of Colorado.

Photo Credit | CO Fire Prev & Control (CO State Fire)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

We are using the following hashtags for this fire #StatelineFire #NWwildfire2018 #OKwildfire2018  #COwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Colorado’s Wildfire #ForestRidgeFire Burning Up Landscapes | 1

NEAR KIOWA, COLORADO

RED Flag Warning Issued

A RED FLAG WARNING was issued today on March 4th, at 41056 hours MST until March 5, 2018 at 0200 hours MST.

This is a CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER ALERT in how Conditions are expected today through Monday.

Warm, dry and very windy conditions during the afternoon and early evening hours today ahead of and behind a strong cold front will again produce critical wildfire conditions. The critical conditions will encompass most of the plains as well as the southern foothills so the Red Flag Warning has been expanded.

Southwest winds are expected to be ahead of the front will shift to the west/northwest and increase with gusts to around 45 mph as the front sweeps across the plains late in the afternoon. The shifting winds may produce erratic fire behavior and growth of any existing fires. Strong and gusty northwest winds and low relative humidity on Monday may again produce high fire danger on the plains on Monday.

As a result, a Fire Weather Watch has been expanded to include all of northeast Colorado. 

Incident Summary

Just after a RED FLAG WARNING was issued, Elbert  County firefighters were dispatched to a fast-moving grass fire named the FOREST RIDGE FIRE.

Due to high windy conditions, single engine air tankers or known commonly as SEATs based out of Rampart and Pueblo, so ground fire crews along with dozers, tenders and a Type-6 strike team were dispatched.

Date / Time Started

The fire started at 1015 hours MST on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

Location

The fire originated on County Road (CR) 45 and CR 118, south of Kiowa, Colorado.  Due to the high winds, the fire moved east.

Current Fire Conditions

The fire had scorched an estimated 350-370 acres.  Firefighters are still on-scene and have successfully reached an 80% containment status.  Crews are still in progress of applying fire suppression efforts by working from the outer perimeter towards the center of the fire.

 

Evacuations

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Mandatory evacuations were issued and implemented by the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office for those homes between Maul road and west of CR 45 and between CR 118 and 110.

Pre-evacuation notices were issued for those between Maul Road and CR 45 and south of CR 110 to CR 102.

Those with livestock were evacuated to the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa.

Donations

Elbert County officials say they are receiving requests on if donations are needed for fire victims but they say there are none needed at this time.  Should this change, they will update those needs as more assessments are completed.

Photo Credit

Elizabeth Fire Rescue, Elbert County Sheriff Office

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this incident:  #ForestRidgeFire  #COwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Active Wildfires | Rocky Mountain | July 16 2017

Interested in the Rocky Mountain States of Wyoming and Colorado, then we’ve got you covered.  Here is a list of fires in both states for Sunday, July 16, 2017.

East Rim Fire.  10 miles NE of Dove Creek, Colorado.  700 acres. 65% contained. 14 personnel. 0 resources on wildfire. $420,000 CTD.

Gutzler Fire.  13 miles SW of Kremmling, Colorado. 974 acres. 50% contained. 14 personnel. 1 engine.  1 helicopter. $1.6 Million CTD.

Keystone Fire.  35 miles SW of Laramie, Wyoming.  2,407 acres. 29% contained. 531 personnel. 13 crews. 23 engines. 5 helicopters. 1 structures lost. $9 Million CTD.

Peekaboo Fire.  44 miles NW of Maybell, Colorado. 12,839 ares. 95% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crews. 4 engines. 2 helos. $2.6 Million CTD.

Wilson Fire.  8 miles North of Meeker, Colorado.  710 acres. 90% contained. 30 personnel. 1 crews. 2 engines. $815,000 CTD.

Thank you for reading our post!

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

#412Fire | Colorado | Newly Reported

SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST, COLORADO

The 412 Fire  was sparked by a lightning strike on June 23, 2017, located about 7 miles South of Rico, Colorado.

About 95 acres of mixed conifer along with heavy dead and downed timber has been destroyed.

2 personnel are still assigned to this incident as minimal staffing resources.  They will continue to monitor, confine and contain the fire.

An ICT 4 Command still managing this fire.

#412Fire #Colorado #COwildfire2017

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog