Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fire Activity - Turkey Track 8 Fire

Update: Monday 24, 6:30 pm

A quiet day today on the fire. Crews will be coming off the lines around 8:00 pm and there will be no night shift tonight. Relative humidity is forecast to be near 100%. There is no change in size or containment at this time. The cause of the fire has been determined as shooting.

Update: Monday 24, 1:30 pm

Relatively quiet on the fire today. Crews are continuing to secure the lines by piling large logs and allowing them to burn. Occasional sprinkles are felt on the fire. Smoke is still visible and expected to continue to be visible for several days until the large fuels completely burn out or are extinguished by weather.  Crews will be actively engaged on this fire as long as it is necessary to ensure the fire is secure. The new photo below was taken by firefighters on Saturday evening.

Update Monday 24, 9:30 am

No overnight growth on the fire last night. Crews reported minimal activity. Today's operations will include the hand piling and burning of the larger diameter logs within the interior. Patrolling the containment lines to ensure the fire is secure will be another priority. Smoke will continue to be visible from Hwy 67.

Turkey Track 8 Fire
  • Time Reported: 9/22/18 at 2:21 pm
  • Size: 160 acres
  • Location: Douglas County,  3 miles East of Westcreek, CO., 8 miles North of Woodland Park, CO.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, Pikes Peak Ranger District
  • Resources: Forest Service type 2 crew, several engines and multiple Douglas County cooperative resources. 
  • Containment:30%
  • Controlled:  
  • Structures Threatened: within 1 mile
  • Evacuation: N/A
  • Closures: The shooting area will remain closed for firefighter safety
  • Cause: Shooting
  • Fuels: Ponderosa Pine, snags and grass
        #TurkeyTrack8Fire
This map is an approximate location



 Snags


Burning operations around noon on Sunday.



The helicopter dropping "ping pong balls" on the Turkey Track 8 Fire.


Firefighters provided this image of them securing the line on Saturday evening. Photo Courtesy of Laura Aker.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Update:  Thursday 20, 2:00 pm

At 11:57 am containment on the #LongHollowFire is at 100%.  Firefighters are improving the fireline and working on hotspots.

Update:  Wednesday 19, 6:00 pm

At 6:00 pm containment on the #LongHollowFire is at 80%.  One type 2 crew is being released at the end of today's shift.  There will be one 20 person type 2 IA crew still staffing the fire tomorrow.

Update:  Wednesday 19, 10:45 am

Two 20 person fire crews are back on the #LongHollowfire working to gain containment and mopping up hot spots.  Fire has not grown and is still at 5.2 acres.

Update:  Tuesday 18, 6:00 pm

At 6:00 pm containment on the Long Hollow Fire is at 50% and some Photos have been added.

Update:  Tuesday 18, 11:00 am

Numerous resources are on the fire constructing and improving fire-line. There's two type 2 crews along with several engines. Fire is now reported at 5.2 acres.


Fire Activity 8:00 am, 9/18

      Long Hollow Fire
  • Time Reported: 9/17/18 at 6:01 pm
  • Size:  5.2 acres
  • Location: Douglas County, South Platte Ranger District
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: Forest Service and multiple Douglas County cooperative resources.  There were two Large Airtanker drops and two type 3 helicopters doing water drops.
  • Containment: 100%
  • Controlled:  
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: 
  • Cause: Human / under investigation
  • Fuels: Ponderosa Pine
        #LongHollowFire
This map is an approximate location




                                                         
  Constructing fire-line
Hot Spotting
Retardant next to fire-line
Type of Fuels 

Jack Potting and Mopping Up

Map



Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fire Activity


#RainbowFire


Update - 9/11/2018 at 11:00 am
Public Information Officer contact - Greg Heule 520-314-6285

Time reported: 8/05/2018 5:13 pm
Size: 17 acres
Location: 10 miles N of Woodland Park, CO, just off Forest road 350
Jurisdiction: USFS, Douglas County, Pikes Peak RD
Resources: Local fire crews from Woodland Park
Containment: 99%
Controlled: N/A
Structures Threatened: none
Evacuations: None
Closures: None
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Ponderosa Pine and heavy dead logs

#RainbowFire

Due to the high hazards of working in dense standing dead trees, on steep terrain, and in thick deadfall from the Hayman Fire, crews constructed indirect containment lines away from the fires edge, in areas where the risk of falling dead trees was reduced. 
No smoke from the fire has been seen for the past several days. Firefighters continue to monitor the fire and patrol the containment lines. The majority of outside area resources have been released to other fires or to their home unit and the fire will be monitored by the local unit. 




 9/07/2018 at 11:00 am

Public Information Officer contact - Greg Heule 520-314-6285



COMMUNITY MEETING


A community meeting will be held at Mountain Communities Fire Protection District station #2, 15000 Westcreek Road, on Sunday 9/9/18 at 12:00 pm. There will be a presentation on future planned actions for the Rainbow Fire. District Ranger, Oscar Martinez, and fire management team members will be avaialble for questions. 

Time reported: 8/05/2018 5:13 pm
Size: 17 acres
Location: 10 miles N of Woodland Park, CO, just off Forest road 350
Jurisdiction: USFS, Douglas County, Pikes Peak RD
Resources: Local fire crews from Woodland Park
Containment: 90%
Controlled: N/A
Structures Threatened: none
Evacuations: None
Closures: None
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Ponderosa Pine and heavy dead logs

#RainbowFire





Fuels are continuing to dry and become available to burn.



Saturday, September 1, 2018

Fire Activity - Lion Gulch Fire 9/01/2018

Updated: Monday, September 3, 2018 10:00am   (last report unless significant activity occurs)

Fire Activity

Lion Gulch Fire

Public Information Officer contact - Gregg Goodland  719-429-5497

Time reported: 8/31/2018 3:07 pm by Devils Head Lookout Tower
Size: 1.5 acres
Location: 5 miles NE of Buffalo Creek, CO, off Hwy 96 across the N. Fork South Platte River
Jurisdiction: USFS, Jefferson County, S. Platte RD
Resources: Local fire crews from Buffalo Creek and Monument
Containment: 100%
Controlled: 09/02/2018 at 6:oo pm
Structures Threatened: None
Evacuations: None
Closures: None
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Grass, Ponderosa Pine, mixed conifer and moderate bug killed logs

A rapid response to the lightning-caused Lion Gulch Fire on Friday evening utilized two Air Tankers to get a retardant line around the fire. The fire was declared contained on the evening of Sept. 1. It is likely that smoke will continue to be seen occasionally from points along the North Fork of the South Platte River and also from Pleasant Park Road in Conifer. Fire crews will be taking actions as needed to safely put this fire out. 

#LionGulchFire




Photo from the helicopter on 8/31.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Fire Activity

Rainbow Fire

Update - 9/05/2018 at 11:00 am

Time reported: 8/05/2018 5:13 pm
Size: 17 acres
Location: 10 miles N of Woodland Park, CO, just off Forest road 350
Jurisdiction: USFS, Douglas County, Pikes Peak RD
Resources: Local fire crews from Woodland Park
Containment: 90%
Controlled: N/A
Structures Threatened: none
Evacuations: None
Closures: None
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Ponderosa Pine and heavy dead logs

#RainbowFire
Due to the high hazards of working in dense standing dead trees, on steep terrain, and in thick deadfall from the Hayman Fire, crews constructed indirect containment lines away from the fires edge, in areas where the risk of falling dead trees was reduced. Firefighters are monitoring the fire's progress and patrolling these containment lines. This full-suppression strategy allows for lower risk firefighting conditions.

Activity on the Rainbow Fire has been increasing as the fuels continue to dry and cure. Smoke will be seen more frequently as the standing dead snags fall and are available to burn, and larger logs continue to be consumed. Firefighters will be on site daily and will remain there as long as fire activity warrants.






Heavy fuels are beginning to consume after a relatively long and quiet drying period. 8/30


The burned out grasses on the top of the fire secure the line and allow larger fuels to burn with less risk of escape. 8/14


Fire slowly burning a large log on 8/11.

Fire securing the steep south flank on Thursday 8/9.

Douglas County flew over the fire today (8/7) and captured this image

A firefighter carefully applies fire along the containment lines to starve the fire of burnable fuels. 8/7

The fire is burning in a heavy snag patch. 8/6

Numerous down logs and standing snags are in this fire area. 8/6

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Updated 7/23 2:37 pm
Updated 7/23 7:07 am

Fire Activity  7/22 5:45 PM

Little Brown Creek Fire

Time reported: 7/22 4:06 pm
Size: 10 acres
Location: 10 miles SW of Nathrop, CO
Jurisdiction: USFS, Chaffee County, Salida RD
Resources: Resources will remain on scene until 10:00 PM
Containment: 7/22 8:43 pm
Controlled: 7/23 2:26 pm
Structures Threatened:
Evacuations:
Closures:
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Pinon Juniper
# LittleBrownCreekfire
Rain, lightning and thunderstorms in the area.
This map is an approximation


Saturday, July 21, 2018


Update 7/22 12:05 am
Update 7/21 7:29 pm
Fire Activity  7/21  18:49 pm

717 Fire

Time reported: 4:28 pm
Size: 0.1 acre
Location: 717 Trail, Little Creek area, 10 mi. WNW of Woodland Park, CO
Jurisdiction: USFS, Pikes Peak RD
Resources: Resources on scene
Containment:  7/21 @7:04 pm @ 0.1 acre
Controlled: 7/22 @ 11:58 am @ 0.1 acre
Structures Threatened:
Evacuations:
Closures:
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: grass, brush
#717fire
This map is an approximation