5/17 mid day update: Much cooler temperatures today and expecting moisture this evening. Hotshot crews are being released at noon today. Fire is now fully managed by the South Park Ranger District resources. Crews will be mopping up hot spots close to the fire line working on making it more secure. Due to the large patches of standing dead trees (snags), crews will allow the fuels in the interior of the fire burn.
5/16 afternoon update: Pre-Evacuation notice was lifted for the residents off CR 370 at 2 pm today. Crews continue to mop up hot spots along the fire perimeter to secure the fire lines. Due to the large patches of standing dead trees (snags), crews will allow the fuels in the interior of the fire burn. Residents can expect to see smoke and some interior fire activity in the next few days.
5/16 mid day update: Firefighters finished the firing of the indirect line about 1 this morning, all went well. Doing some fill in work around the burnout area where needed and securing the lines today. Still have 2 hotshot crews, the two juniper valley Department of Corrections crews, 1 Forest Service type 3 helicopter from monument, lake George Volunteer Fire Department water tenders, Forest Service hand crew modules, 2 Americorps crews, 1 Forest Service bulldozer, and misc. Forest Service engines assigned to the fire as well as a “short” type 3 team. Logistics is being run out of Lake George Volunteer Fire Department station one.
Firefighters will continue to patrol, secure and mop the fire perimeter and will not be doing mop-up over the entire fire due to snag hazards from the bug killed Douglas fir. Still anticipating at least some moisture from Wednesday night through Thursday night. There will be smoke visible for next few days.
Some resources will be released back to the Forest for initial attack today. Pre-evacuation notices are still in affect but are being evaluated.
5/15 morning update: Fire fighters report that the fire had no growth overnight. Firefighters were able to continue to build fire line last night in the areas where it was safe to work away from falling snags and gain 25% containment. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Puma fire area for high winds and low humidity. This weather could increase the fire behavior today so smoke will likely be visible again today.
Crews will continue to construct and improve fire line however Steep, rocky and inaccessible terrain is hampering efforts to complete some of the fire line. One helicopter will be working the fire today and the fire personnel has increased to 100.
- Time Reported : 16:48
- Location: 6 Miles west of Lake George, CO. Park County
- Jurisdiction: U.S, Forest Service
- Resources: Type 3 Helicopter, other multiple crews and engines from various agencies along with law enforcement. A total of 100 firefighters are on scene. Additional crews and 1 heavy air tanker with a lead plane have been ordered
- Size: 107 acres
- Containment: 100%
- Controlled: 0%
- Structures Threatened: structures within a 1/4 mile
- Evacuations: No evacuations. The Park County Sheriffs office lifted the pre-evacuation notice for the residents along CR 370 at 2 pm today.
- Closures: Forest Service road 250 and 250a
- Cause: Human
- Fuels: Mixed Conifer, Grass
- Hazards: Steep, rocky inaccessible terrain and standing dead trees (snags)
- Firefighters are in the initial response stage, with the helicopter doing water drops. Surface fire with some signal tree torching. Further updates will be posted as known.