WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | COLORADO | SIT REP 2

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE

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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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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

 

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | COLORADO SIT REP | 1

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE

15 miles NW of Fraser, Colorado

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

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 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)

CURRENT STATUS

–> Virtual Community Meeting:  August 15, 2020 1700 (5pm) Hours. Go to the Grand County Sheriff’s Facebook @GrandCoSheriff <–

Fire behavior is extreme with crowning and flanking.  Structures and energy infrastructures are under direct threat.   There has been 1,300 acres of timber, litter and under story that has been destroyed.

There is a zero containment status.  The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Structures and the Henderson Mill and all of its infrastructure are under threat, along with multiple utilities in the area.

On Friday afternoon (Day 1), heavy air support and resources were on-scene supporting up to 50 firefighters from many different mutual aid agencies.

Overnight extreme fire burned and growing significantly.   It was moving east-northeast towards Church and reached the top of Kinney and Darling Creeks. At one point, it was held at CR 30 and south of Keyser Creek.  It is said to be burning in a remote area of the upper Williams Fork Valley, which has been impacted by an intensive beetle kill in the early 2000’s.

This afternoon, fire behavior is due to increase due to winds and temps rising.  Fire is moving in a northeast direction.

Fire weather is expected to continued with hot, dry and windy conditions throughout the weekend.

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RESOURCES

A Type 2 IMT is on order, which will take over from the current Type 3 IMT managing the fire.

There are 93 total personnel assigned along with 1 crew, 8 engines and 2 helicopters. IC is currently LeBlanc.  More resources have arrived today from the 50 firefighters from mutual fire agencies from Summit and Grand Counties.

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,

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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EVACUATION ORDERS

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for:

CR 30 on the west to Church Park.  From the St. Louis Creek Road on the east to the Darling Creek drainage to the south.  Sugarloaf and South Fork Campgrounds are also included.

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EVACUATION SHELTERS

An evacuation shelter is planned for The Inn at Silvercreek Conference Center. 62927 US Hwy 40, Grandby, CO 80446. For more details, contact the Sheriffs Office at 970-725-3852.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

A $50,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses has been reached.

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.

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Photo Credit | GMUG National Forests

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Another fire burning, I am afraid to say.” – News media

“This is the fourth active wildfire burning in the state.” – Twitter user

“Beetle kill, dry summers and humans are to blame.” – Twitter user

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“This is crazy. People are still coming into Grand County while a major wildfire is burning a short distance away. Air quality is horrible. Outdoor activities are still ongoing.” Eyewitness account

“A smoke plume can be seen in Summit County, this is just outside of Idaho Springs.” – Eyewitness account

“Williams Fork Fire looks scary.” -News media

“Lots of flames. Good news, it is closer to the metro area so planes can get to it faster.” – News media

“Smoke can be seen from Soda Springs Ranch along Hwy 34.” – Eyewitness account

A smoky haze is now over the Dillon Reservoir and Breckenridge.” – Eyewitness account

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2020 1420 PT / 1520 MDT

 

#PinalFire | AZ | 2

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA

Incident Summary 

A wildfire started by lightning on May 8, 2017, around 1515 hours on the Tonto National Forest, about 6 miles South of Globe, Arizona.

This is a lightning-caused wildfire.

Current Fire Conditions

Fire behavior is extreme, uphill runs, torching and backing.  Terrain is very rugged and steep.

Firefighters have been able to gain a 70% containment around the fire.

There has been 7,171 acres destroyed.

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Photo Credit: Jayson Coil, Operations Section Chief/SW IMT1

Resources

There are 610 personnel assigned to this incident.  A new Type 3 IMT will take command on 6/2/2017 around 0600 hours.

Social Media

The hashtags that are being used by those using Social Media are #PinalFire #NMwildfires2017 #NM.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#PinalFire | AZ | Newly Reported!

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA

Incident Summary 

A wildfire started by lightning on May 8, 2017, has not seen any type of fire since 1952!  So, as you can imagine there is a lot of heavy fire fuel to burn.  Generally speaking, this area sees fire every 2-17 years, says the Forest Service.

The fire is located approximately 6 miles South of Globe Arizona and burning on the Tonto National Forest.  It has destroyed 4,375 acres and is at a 21% containment level.

Firefighters are having to conduct suppression and containment techniques in rugged and steep terrain.

Current Fire Conditions

The current fire behavior is being considered as moderate, flanking, backing with short-range spotting and single tree torching.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Resources

There are currently 383 personnel assigned to this incident, some from the Gila County Emergency Management, Red Cross and the U.S. Forest Service.

Community Meeting

A Community will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 1700 hours (5pm) at the High Desert Middle School located at 400 High Desert Drive in Globe, Arizona 85501.

Social Media

The hashtags that are being used by those using Social Media are #PinalFire #NMwildfires2017 #NM.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

WA WILDFIRES | By State | August 25, 2015

WASHINGTON

Carpenter Road Fire:  Start 8/14/15 around 200 PDT from unknown cause. 35 mi NW of Spokane, N & E of Carpenter Rd & Mudget Lk Rd. 484 personnel. 37,589 acres with 20% containment.

Chelan Complex:  Includes Wolverine Fire:  5 mi E of Chiwawa Valley, near Stehekin. First Creek Fire:  Moving along Slide Ridge. Some parts of the fire are 3 miles from Lake Chelan, while others area near the Columbia River are contained. 644 personnel. 88,104 acres. 40% contained.

Announcement:  Fire Info Community Meeting. Wed, August 26, 2015, @ 1900 [7pm] PDT at the Plain Community Church located at 12565 Chapel Dr, Leavenworth, WA.

Cougar Creek:  Start 8/10/15. Located on lands of Yakama Nationa, WA DNR and USFS. Burning S & W flanks of Mt. Adams. 6 mi NW of Glenwood. 552 personnel. 37,900 acres. 15% containment.

North Star Fire:  Start Date 8/13/15. Cause under investigation. 12 miles NE of Nespelem. 539 personnel. 150,000 acres. 5% contained. 2000+ structures threatened.

Upper Skagit Complex:  Start 8/10/15. 8 fires: Goodell Fire: 5573 ac. Cat Island:  .25 acres. Thursday Fire:  481 acres. No Name 15 Fire:  413 acres.  Neve Creek Fire:  .1 acre. Rocky Beaver, 141 acres. Snowfield Fire:  37 acres. Klawatti Fire:  10 acres, located near Cascades National Park. Lightning caused. 6655 acres. 179 personnel. 0% contained listed.

WASHINGTON/OREGON BORDER

Grizzly Bear Complex:  20 miles SE of Dayton, WA, burning on Umatilla NF on the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, private lands and lands protected by WADNR. 60, 272 acres.  New Fire:  Green Ridge Fire. near Little Turkey trail. Started 8/24/15. Bear Ridge Fire:  100 acres. Grouse Flats:  in mop-up operations.  Notes:  14 miles containment line around the fire.  125 National Guard to arrive on Sunday to assist with mop-up ops.  They will be based E of the fire near Flora or Troy, OR.  Total personnel is 676 with 59,200 acres total burned and a 5% containment status.

Announcement:  The Fire Managers are asking the Public NOT provide food as firefighters are on strict diets and must maintain their high energy levels, their health and to remain in tip top shape.  However, if you would like to donate please contact the Wildland Firefighter Foundation or the American Red Cross. – Thank you.

We will add more fires to this list, as time allows.

Thank you for following us this evening and, may you be safe wherever your shift or journey takes you.

[c] The NW Fire Blog

Aspen Wildland Fire to Hold Community Meeting

Incident: Aspen Fire Wildfire
Released: 30 min. ago

Aspen Fire Community Update

Please come to Lakeshore Resort to hear Sierra National Forest officers and Aspen Fire Incident Commander describe the Aspen Fire’s suppression progress.

 Where: Lakeshore Resort

When: August 1, 2013 2:00 to 3:00 PM

Community members, campers, employees, visitors and all others are welcome.

Source:  Inciweb.org

2013  The NW Fire Blog