Updated 8/15/2018 at 9:00 pm
Time reported: 8/05/2018 5:13 pm
Size: estimated 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
Structures Threatened: none
Fuels: Ponderosa Pine and heavy dead logs
Fire managers continue to allow the Rainbow Fire to slowly burn the larger fuels within the perimeter. This alternative full-suppression tactic allows for safer firefighting conditions with the added benefit of restoring fire to the landscape. In response to fluctuating temperatures and humidity, some days will experience more active fire behavior than others. This is normal and expected. Size remains estimated at 17 acres and is not expected to increase. Containment is now 60% since more larger fuels have consumed. With the low interest and fire activity, we may not update this blog until something significant happens. Smoke will continue to be visible from the 350 road and intermittently from Hwy 67 for several days.
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
The fire is burning in a heavy snag patch. 8/6
Numerous down logs and standing snags are in this fire area. 8/6