San Carlos Ranger District Planning Black Mountain Prescribed Burns
As cooler damper weather approaches the Pike and San Isabel National Forests are calling attention to some planned prescribed fire projects. As weather and fire behavior permit, the Forest Service will return to the Black Mountain area on the San Carlos Ranger District. The Forest Service routinely conducts prescribed burns there to keep frequent, low-intensity fire as a part of the forest ecosystem. The maps below show the general project area and the specific burn unit boundaries. The Forest Service will update this site as specific burn dates are determined and operations proceed.
For complete information on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests' prescribed fire program including the Black Mountain project please visittheir website's prescribed fire page. Follow links to specific Ranger District prescribed fire information.
Update: Savage Fire Forest Service is aware and responding to smoke near Little Red Butte on San Carlos Ranger District.
Reported 5:35 p.m. on 8/17
Beulah Fire Protection and Ambulance District, Red Creek Volunteer Fire and Rescue and USFS Engine and module responded.
2-person module and Engine on scene
FS Helicopter reconnaisance and subsequent water drops
Approx. one acre lightning-caused
Smoke visible from Pueblo, to the southwest
Burning in grass, pinyon-juniper and ponderosa slash
update 8 a.m. 8/18:
fire fighters remained on scene overnight 8/17 to continue control 8/18
update 11 a.m 8/18:
measured at 1/2 acre
burning in the old Mason Fire burned area
heavy fuels still smoldering
firefighters expect to completed containment line within an hour
currently mopping up, using helicopter water drops as needed
Yesterday's fire activity had minimal smoke showing in the
Black Mountain area and additionally on Middle Ridge which runs off the summit
of Nipple Mountain. Smoke was light and intermittent with the exception of a
few hours in the early afternoon where there was light, consistent smoke from
Middle Ridge. This area is consistent with the concentration of heat that was
indicted by the most recent infrared mapping in that area.
Crews focused on the Rainbow Lake area, doing
riparian/forbs plots in the vicinity of the lake. Surveying was done on the
species and health of trees in the area. Crews also surveyed a radio facility
north of the fire area. Rehabilitation from firefighting efforts was
Photo one: plot photo near Rainbow Lake
Photo two: Rainbow Lake
Photo three: Rehabilitated radio facility
Reported 3:05 pm on 8/16
Located near Hwy 67 on Mantiou Experiment Forest
Initial response by Pikes Peak RD forces and a type 3 helicopter
Approx. 1/10 acre
Helicopter preforming bucket drops
Update: fire now contained at 6:00 p.m.
Reported at 7:36 p.m on 8/15
Located near Hwy 67 South of mile marker 91
Initial attack by West Creek Fire Department
Approx. 1/2 acre
Support from South Platte Ranger District Engine E-11
Contained by fire line at 10:45 p.m
Firefighters hiking in this morning from Hwy 67 to drop the single snag and mop up
Firefighters continue mopping up the 1/2 acre Trout Creek Fire. South Platte Ranger District firefighters were relieved by Pikes Peak Ranger District firefighters.
Update: now controlled at 12:14 pm. Final size determined to be 1/10 acre.
Be safe today, keep your campfire contained, and dead out when not attending it.
As of 6:00 p.m today it has been a relatively quiet day at Pueblo Interagency Dispatch Center. We very much appreciate the recreating public's cooperation and vigilance in using campfires responsibly, especially in these windy conditions.
Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to the family and fellow Lolo Hotshot Crew members of Justin Beebe, the Forest Service firefighter killed yesterday by a falling snag while engaging a fire at Great Basin National Park in Nevada.
No activity on the Forest as of 10:45 today. There were many lightning strikes yesterday evening, so patrols are keeping a watchful eye to see if anything develops as the day heats up.
UPDATE: A Forest Service Engine and local resources responded to #Goosecreek Goose Creek Fire on the So. Platte District at 1500 hours today. It is 1/10th acre in size, burning in grass. Smoldering, creeping. Northwest of Cheesman Reservoir on FSR 211. 6 miles west of Deckers, CO. CONTAINED at 1535 hours today. CONTROLLED at 1644 hours. Nice work crew.
A large cottonwood draw is burning and creating a substantial column of smoke today. However, no additional resources are needed at this time. For updates on the Hayden Pass Fire visit https://www.facebook.com/HaydenPassFire/
Hayden Pass Fire (1 pm)
Smoke is visible from the Hayden Pass Fire this afternoon. Information Officers on the fire say the activity is well within the burn area. For updates on the Hayden Pass Fire visit https://www.facebook.com/HaydenPassFire/
Hayden Pass Fire
Hayden Pass Fire
As of 11:45 there have been no confirmed fire reports.
Here is an update on previously reported incidents:
Previously reported on 07.25.16 as 1.25 acres, Due to better mapping, final fire size was reported at 0.25 acres.
Firefighters have hiked into the area today to check the fire and will mop up as necessary.
As of 3:15 pm there have been no confirmed fire reports on the PSICC today.
Here is some updated information about fires that were reported on in the recent past:
The 252 Fire was a "campfire" that was contained yesterday (07.25.16).
The public is reminded that Stage I Fire Restrictions are in place and even when those restrictions are lifted, it is never ok to build your campfire in the grass. By building your campfire without a fire ring or area clear of vegetation, you are essentially creating a wildfire as there is no way to keep the fire in check.
Update - 8/2/2016
Contained as of 7/27/2016
Here are some recent pictures of the Sheep Mountain Fire which was reported on 07.21.16.
The fire is located 8 miles WSW of Buena Vista, CO and was caused by lightning.
Due to the steep, inaccessible terrain, fire managers are frequently checking this fire by air.