Sunday, July 12, 2020

Fire Activity


Tappen Gulch Fire

Time Reported: 7/12/20 at 10:55 am
  • Size: .1 acres
  • Location: Park County, South Park Ranger District, 3 miles north of Lake George, CO.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: 1 Forest Service engine,
  • Containment: 11:16 am 7/11/20
  • Controlled: 11:16 am 7/11/20
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Human
  • Concerns:  
  • Fuels: Ponderosa Pine
  • #TappenGulchfire
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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Fire Activity 7.9.2020


East Plum Fire

Time Reported: 7/09/20 at 2:22 pm
  • Size: 0.3 acres
  • Location: Douglas County, Pikes Peak Ranger District, 7 miles south west of Larkspur, CO.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: 6 firefighters on scene
  • Containment: 100%
  • Controlled: 07/11/20 at 5:33 pm
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: unknown
  • Concerns:  Very rugged and inaccessible terrain.
  • Fuels: Ponderosa Pine and mixed conifer
  • #EastPlumFire
Update 7/10/2020, 5 pm: Another day of good progress from fire crews on the East Plum fire brings the containment to 100%. Crews will remain on scene of the fire this afternoon and will begin their hike out this early this evening. 

Update 7/10/2020, 8:30 pm: Crews continued to make good progress through the afternoon and were able to gain 50% containment on the fire. The hotshot crew hiked out of the fire this evening and 6 firefighters will remain on the fire overnight. The fire did not grow and size remains 0.3 acres. 

Update 7/10/2020, 4:30 pm: Crews continue to make progress on the East Plum fire building and reinforcing the retardant and firelines. Heavy fuels in the area are making for slow progress however progress is being made. The fire has not grown in size today and remains 0.3 acres.

Update 7/10/2020, 8:30 am: There was no growth in the fire overnight and the size remains 0.3 acres. A heavy helicopter is currently working the East Plum fire to help the firefighters that remained on the fire overnight. One hotshot crew is now assigned to the fire and will begin hiking in this morning. They should reach the fire mid morning and will be building and improving fireline around the fire. As the weather gets hotter and dryer throughout the day, expect to see smoke in the area of the fire. 

Update 7/9/2020, 11 pm: Crews continue to work the fire and improve the retardant line that was put down by the heavy air tanker today. One helicopter is expected to be over the fire in the morning to assist ground crews with their operations. The size of the fire has decreased to 0.3 acres due to improved mapping by firefighters on scene. 

Update 7/9/2020 @ 6:45 pm, (corrected update at 7:50pm): Six firefighters that rappelled into the fire today remain on scene. Some ground crews that attempted the long hike into the fire today were not able to reach the fire before sunset. These crews are returning to their stations and will return in the morning to make the hike in. Today, crews utilized a heavy air tanker to put fire retardant around the fire to help slow the progression and allow firefighters to gain access to the fire via helicopter. Late this afternoon, air resources were grounded due to a drone intrusion over the fire. Valuable time was lost with these water dropping aircraft due to the drone intrusion and because of the time of day, only one helicopter is able to return to this fire this evening (This is corrected information from earlier reported that all aircraft had been released). The 6 firefighters on scene will continue to work through the night. There is no immediate risk to structures however smoke will likely be visible from this fire along the front range tomorrow.

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Helicopter dropping water on the East Plum Fire on 7/9/2020






Monday, July 6, 2020

Fire Activity 7.6.2020

Crooked Fire

Time Reported: 7/06/20 at 5:02 pm
  • Size: 0.1 acres
  • Location: 6 miles NW of Bailey, CO
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: 1 USFS module (small hand crew)
  • Containment: 100%, 7/06/20, 6:22 pm
  • Controlled: 07/06/20 6:22 pm
  • Structures Threatened: None
  • Evacuations: None
  • Closures: None
  • Cause: Campfire
  • Fuels: Grass, slash (dead logs) 
  • #CrookedFire_CO
Update 7/6/20 at 8 pm: The crooked fire was an escaped illegal campfire that was found and quickly extinguished at 0.1 acres




123 Fire

Time Reported: 7/06/20 at 12:28 pm
  • Size: 0.1 acres
  • Location: 7 miles NW of Grant, CO
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: 1 USFS engine
  • Containment: 100%, 7/06/20, 12:47 pm
  • Controlled: 07/06/20 12:54 pm
  • Structures Threatened: None
  • Evacuations: None
  • Closures: None
  • Cause: Campfire
  • Fuels: Grass, slash (dead logs) 
  • #123Fire_CO

Update 7/6/20 at 2:30 pm: The 123 fire was an escaped illegal campfire that was quickly contained and controlled by an engine crew. The fire only burned 0.1 acres.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Fire Activity 7.5.2020

 1118 Fire

Time Reported: 7/05/20 at 4:15 pm
  • Size: 0.1 acres
  • Location: Approx 8 miles SW of Westcliffe, CO
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: 1 fire module (small hand crew)
  • Containment: 100%, 6:30 pm
  • Controlled:
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N/A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Fuels: Pine and Aspen 
  • #1118Fire_CO

Update 7/5/20 at 7 pm: Crews were able to hike in and construct fire line around the small lightning caused fire quickly containing it. The fire is 100% contained. 



Turkey Track 5 Fire

Time Reported: 7/05/20 at 11:00 am
  • Size: 0.2 acres
  • Location: Turkey Track shooting area, Forest Road 343 approximately 9 miles N of Woodland Park
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: 2 Forest Service engines, 1 engine-Mountain Communities, 1 Water Tender
  • Containment: 100%
  • Controlled:
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N/A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Human
  • Fuels: grass, snags (standing dead trees) 
  • #TurkeyTrack5CO

Update 7/5/20 at 2 pm: Crews responded to a small grass fire in the Turkey Track shooting area and quickly stopped the forward spread of the fire. Crews constructed fireline around the fire and the fire is now 100% contained. There was a short closure of the area however the area is now open.  

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Fire Activity 7.2.2020


    Picture Canyon Fire

Time Reported: 7/02/20 at 17:02 pm
  • Size: 517 acres
  • Location: Baca County, Springfield Ranger District, Comanche National Grassland, 7 miles SW of Elkhart, KS, in west end of Picture Canyon
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: 2 Forest Service engines, 2 Type 1 Crews, 2 Type 2 Crews
  • Containment: 7/7/2020 @ 2:31 pm
  • Controlled: 7/8/2020 @ 8:36 am
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Lighting
  • Concerns:  
  • Fuels: grass, pinion & juniper 
  • #PictureCanyonfire

Update 7/5/20 at 5:00 p.m.: The #PictureCanyonFire is now 90% contained. Management of the fire will be transitioned from the Type 3 Incident Management Team back to the Forest at 6:00 tomorrow morning. All firefighter resources have been released with the exception of two Type 2 handcrews. This will be the final update.

Update 7/5/20 at 7:30 a.m.The #PictureCanyonFire received almost .9" of rain last night. Firefighters will return to the fire this morning to reinforce firelines by cold trailing to eliminate any heat and mop up to extinguish any smoldering or burning debris. Release of resources will occur throughout the course of today.

Update: 7/04/20 at 7:45 pm, High relative humidity from last night and throughout the day kept the #PictureCanyonfire activity to a minimum. The fire perimeter did not grow allowing firefighters to make good progress to achieve 50% containment. Four engines will be released this evening to return to thier home units.  The remaining firefighters will continue mopping up hot spots improving the fireline. 


Update: 7/04/20 at 10:45 am, There was minimal fire activity yesterday because of the thunderstorm activity but there were isolated pockets of heat and active fire.  Today's weather is calling for mostly sunny with slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the late afternoon. Winds will be 6 mph from the north shifting to the southeast at 5-10 mph. Gusty and erratic winds expected near thunderstorm activity.  


Picture Canyon Fire Map

Update: 7/03/20 at 8:15 pm,  Picture Canyon Fire current resources: a Type 3 Team,  1 Type 1 crew, 1 Type 2 crew, 2 Type 3 engines, 3 Type 6 engines. Total personnel is 66 plus the team.  Overview for today: firefighters worked on fireline construction but were pulled off the incident this afternoon due to thunderstorm activity with lighting. Tomorrows planned action for firefighters is to continue building fireline and improving existing fireline to gain containment of the fire.  Additional resources arriving tomorrow, 1 type 1 and type 2 hand-crew and 1 Type 6 engine.

Update: 7/03/20 at 4:00 pm, All County Firefighting resources have been released except for the ambulance.  


Update: 7/03/20 at 3:00 pm, #PictureCanyonfire estimated size is now adjusted to 517 acres. In the state of Oklahoma there was 132 acres burnt, then 385 acres of USFS, BLM and CO. State lands. Three air-tankers, 2 SEAT's and one LAT are in route to drop fire retardant. 




Update: 7/03/20 at 9:45 am, #PictureCanyonfire estimated size is now 3,600 acres. More resources are being ordered. After the Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) flight there will probably be a more accurate size for the fire.  

Update: 7/03/20 at 7:45 am, Fire started in Oklahoma move north into Colorado. Multi counties from OK. and CO. are involved along with the U.S. Forest Service. Resources ordered for the incident besides the Type 3 Team are 1 Hotshot crew, 1 Type 2 IA hand-crew and a Colorado Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) flight.  

Update: 7/02/20 at 8:40 pm, A Type 3 Incident Command Team has been ordered and will take over the fire Friday afternoon.


Update: 7/02/20 at 8:00 pm,  Fire reported at 150 acres, one engine has been released.  Smoke Jumpers are on the ground engaging the fire.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Fire Activity 6.24.2020


    Derbyshire Fire

Time Reported: 6/24/20 at 10:07 am
  • Size: .1 acres
  • Location: Park County, South Park Ranger District,
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: 1 Forest Service engine, Five-person Squad
  • Containment: 6/24/20 at 11:45 am
  • Controlled: 6/24/20 at 12:10 am
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Lighting
  • Concerns:  
  • Fuels: Single Tree
  • #Derbyshirefire
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Dry Gulch Fire

Time Reported: 6/23/20 at 9:44 pm
  • Size: .1 acres
  • Location: Park County, South Park Ranger District, 5 miles east of Jefferson, CO.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: 1 Forest Service engine, County Firefighters
  • Containment: 6/24/20 at 9:02 am
  • Controlled: 6/24/20 at 10:05 am
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Lighting
  • Concerns:  
  • Fuels: Single Tree
  • #DryGulchfire
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Fire Activity 6.23.2020


Sand Fire

Time Reported: 6/23/20 at 12:18 pm
  • Size: 20 acres
  • Location: Baca County, Springfield Ranger District, 8 miles SW of Campo, CO.
  • Jurisdiction: Started on PVT burned onto the Comanche National Grasslands USFS, CO.
  • Resources: Forest Service engine, County VFD Engines
  • Containment:
  • Controlled:  at 6:30 pm 6/23/20
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Lighting
  • Fuels: Grass
  • #Sandfire

Update: 6:51 pm 6/23/20, 

The lighting caused #Sandfire was contained at 6:30 pm at 20 acres.  The fire consumed 10 acres on PVT land and 10 acres on the Comanche NG.  Firefighters are still working the fire concentrating on the hotspots.

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White Creek Fire

Time Reported: 6/22/20 at 5:41 pm
  • Size: .1 acres
  • Location: Pueblo County, San Carlos Ranger District, 4 miles NW of Beulah, CO.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: Forest Service engine,
  • Containment: 6/23/20 at 12:47 pm
  • Controlled:  6/23 at 4:09 pm
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Lighting
  • Fuels: Single Tree
#Whitecreekfire
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