Monday, September 2, 2019

Shawnee Peak Fire Information:
719-299-1567 (8AM-7PM)
Time Reported:  3:15pm, 8/26/19
Location: Near Shawnee Peak, east of Kenosha Pass in the Lost Creek Wilderness.
Jurisdiction: USFS
Size: 70 acres
Containment: 60%
Controlled:  0%
Cause: Lightning
Structures Threatened: N\A
Evacuation: N\A
Closures: The Pike and San Isabel National Forests issued a formal Forest fire closure order for the fire area, the Ben Tyler North trailhead and all trails within the Shawnee Peak Fire. The closure does not include the Colorado Trail. All closed trails and trailheads are depicted on the closure map. A copy of the order and closure map are posted at (scroll down to Closures).
Fuels: Timber
--> 1-Interagency Hotshot Crews; 2-Helicopters; and 1-Wildland Fire Module. Total personnel are 59.       Update 6:30 a.m., 9/19/19Shawnee Peak Fire was declared 100% contained at 5:39 pm, 9/18 the total size for the fire is 70 acres.

Update 8:00 a.m., 9/2/19Moderate fire activity provided an opportunity for firefighters to conduct some burning along the southwest fire perimeter. This reduced available fuels and the potential for fire to spread outside the containment line. Firefighters started rehabilitation of fireline on the eastern perimeter by installing water bars to prevent potential erosion on downslope areas.

An infrared flight showed a lot of heat within the interior of the fire perimeter with the exception of the northwestern area where there are isolated hot spots. The spot fires detected and lined outside of the eastern perimeter showed no heat. No new spot fires were detected.

--> Firefighters will continue patrolling and dry mop operations. They will also work on rehabilitation of firelines where necessary to minimize potential erosion. Fire activity is anticipated to remain moderate, burning at low intensities as it moves through unburned vegetation and other fuels within the fire perimeter. As the fire continues to move along the forest floor, it is reducing the likelihood of future re-ignition. Burning out old and dense vegetation returns nutrients back into the soil and enhances regeneration of new growth, which provides nutritious vegetation for wildlife in the area.

--> Hot, dry weather conditions are expected for the burn area with temperatures around 71 degrees and the minimum humidity at 13 percent. West winds will be 6-7 mph.