Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fire Activity-8/31/17

Fire Name: Waterton Fire

9/4/17 8:30 am update:
The fire is 100% contained. Firefighters are looking for hot areas on the fire and back-hauling supplies. Smoke in the Denver area is being transported in from wildfires in the NW U.S. Colorado Air Quality 

9/3/2017 11:00 am update:
The fire is now 50% contained. Personnel continue to reinforce handlines and cooling hot spots within the fire perimeter. 

9/2/2017 5:30pm update:

Crews continue to reinforce control lines today. 1 Helicopter is on scene to assist with suppression and logistical support as needed. Waterton Canyon is now open however smoke may still be visible in the area. For more information on smoke and haze along the Colorado Front Range:

Time Reported: 8/31, 11:55
Location: Above Strontia Springs Reservoir in Waterton Canyon, Approximately 9 miles NW of Sedalia, CO
Resources: 1 Type 2 Crew, 6 Smoke Jumpers, numerous local fire personnel, 1 Helicopter
Size: 6 acres
Containment: 100%
Structures Threatened: None
Closures: Waterton Canyon is now open 
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Gamble oak, timber, litter and brush
Terrain:  steep, rugged and inaccessible

According to Ranger Brian Banks, fire managers are assessing the situation and ordering resources.  Much of the fire fight will take place from the air given the steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain.  Denver area residents should expect to see smoke and aircraft at work. This fire is in a watershed that supplies 80% of drinking water to Denver residents.  
Partners: Denver Water and Douglas County