Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Fire Activity 10/21/2020


Teddys Peak Fire

 see updates below just above map

Time Reported: 10/21/20 at 11:49 am

  • Size: 2 acre
  • Location: Huerfano County, San Carlos Ranger District, 4 miles SW of Cuchara, CO. ,between Bear and Blue Lakes in the upper Cuchara River drainage.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: Forest Service Module (5 firefighters), Huerfano County resources (4 firefighters), Various overhead from USFS and La Veta Fire, one Large Airtanker (LAT) and two SEAT’s (single engine air tanker)
  • Containment10/27/20 @ 10:07 am / size 2 acres
  • Controlled:  10/29/20 @ 9:45 am /size 2 acres
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: unknown under investigation. 
  • Fuels: Bristlecone, grass and duff


Update: 10/25/20 @ 12:00 pm

#TeddysPeakfire_CO remains at 2 acres and is producing light smoke. Gusty winds persist over the fire. Precipitation in the fire area is forecasted this afternoon and will decrease fire activity.

Update: 10/24/20 @ 11:30 am

Today firefighters are again observing the fire using a suppression strategy that prioritizes firefighter safety because the wind gusts are up to 45 mph over the incident. Firefighters will engage when risks have been mitigated. Smoke may be visible but is very minimal. 

Update: 10/23/20 @ 12:30 pm

The fire is located in heavy concentrations of snags, standing dead, and dead down timber posing a significant safety risk,  Firefighters are observing the fire using a suppression strategy that prioritizes firefighter safety will engage when risks have been mitigated. Extracting an injured firefighter in this area would be extremely difficult because there is no aviation support due to high winds..

Update: 10/22/20 @ 7:30 pm

Firefighters are off the fire and will be returning in the morning. With tomorrows predicted change in temperatures and decreasing wind the plan is to use air support to assist  in suppression efforts.

Update: 10/22/20 @ 2:25 pm

Airtankers and helicopters are unable perform suppression operations because of high winds over the incident.  Fire is now estimated at 2 acres.

Update: 10/22/20 @ 12:00 pm

Type 2 Helicopter in route to fire with another on order along with two large airtankers and two SEATS. Also have a air attack on scene and a lead plane has been ordered.  Another 5 person module is in route.  Fire is now estimated at 1 acre. 

Update: 10/21/20 @ 7:00 pm  

Large Airtanker did one drop and the SEAT's did two drops, then were released.  Firefighters plan to come off the fire 8:00 pm and will return in the morning.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Fire Activity 10/17/2020

 211 Fire

Time Reported: 10/17/20 at 4:00 pm

  • Size: 0 .1 acres
  • Location: Douglas County, South Platte Ranger District, 4 miles WSW of Deckers CO.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: Forest Service Resources, North Fork Fire Resources
  • Containment:  10/17/20 @ 4:44 pm for 0.1 acres
  • Controlled:  10/17/2020 @ 5:22 pm  size 0.1 acres
  • Structures Threatened:
  • Evacuation:
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Unknown,
  • Fuels: Ponderosa Pine, needles
  • #211fire_CO

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Forest Road Fire


Time Reported: 10/17/20 at 12:37 pm

  • Size:  0.41 acres
  • Location: Douglas County, South Platte Ranger District, 12 miles WSW of Castle Rock CO. near Rock Springs Campground
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: Forest Service Resources, Douglas County Resources, Type 1 Helicopter and Douglas County Type 2 Helicopter.
  • Containment:  10/18/20 @ 12:00 pm
  • Controlled: 10/19/2020 @ 1245 pm
  • Structures Threatened: 
  • Evacuation:
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Fuels: Ponderosa Pine, needles
  • #ForestRoadfire

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Fire Activity 10/10/2020


Ensign Gulch Fire


Time Reported: 6/010/20 at 2:01 pm

  • Size:  0.1 acres
  • Location: Park County, Pikes Peak Ranger District, 4 miles NE of Woodland Park, CO, at the end of Forest Service Rd 314B
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: Forest Service resources
  • Containment: 10/10 @ 5:54 for 0.1 acre
  • Controlled:
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Human Caused
  • Concerns:  
  • Fuels:  Grass
  • #EnsignGulchfire_CO

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Fire Activity 10/04/2020


Turkey 7 Fire


Time Reported: 10/04/20 at 4:01 pm

  • Size: 0.1 acre
  • Location: Douglas County, Pikes Peak Ranger District, 11miles north west of Woodland Park, CO.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: Forest Service engine, 1 squad
  • Containment:  10/4/20 @ 5:32 pm, size 0.1 acre
  • Controlled:  and called out @ 10/5/20 10:47 am
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Human Caused
  • Concerns: wind
  • Fuels: Snags, grass
  • #Turkey7fire

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Fire Activity 9/28/2020


Big Grassy Fire


Time Reported: 9/28/20 at 11:45 am

  • Size:  0.1 acres
  • Location: Chaffee County, Salida Ranger District, 18 miles SW of Buena Vista, CO
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: Forest Service engine,
  • Containment:100% 9/28/20 5:00 pm @ 0.1 acre
  • Controlled:  9/30/2020 @ 1:00 pm 
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Human Caused
  • Fuels: Spruce fir


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Friday, September 25, 2020

Fire Activity 9/25/2020


Rim Road Fire

 See updates below,  just above the map

Time Reported: 9/25/20 at 1:18 pm

  • Size: 2 acres
  • Location: Douglas County, South Platte Ranger District, 12 miles WSW of Castle Rock.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: Forest Service and Douglas County on scene
  • Containment: 9/25/20 @ 6:23 pm
  • Controlled: 9/29/2020, 11:13 am size 2 acres
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Fuels: Grass, Brush and mixed conifer
  • #RimRoadfire
Update 7:15 pm 9/25/20 : Fire was called contained at 6:23 pm for a total size of 2 acres.  Firefighters have cleared the incident and will return in the morning.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Fire Activity 8/25/2020


Willis Creek Fire

 See updates below bullet statements

Time Reported: 8/25/20 at 7:26 am

  • Size:  16 acres 
  • Location: Pueblo County, San Carlos Ranger District, 1.5 miles North East of Lake Isabel, CO.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: Forest Service, BLM and multiple cooperators, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 1 Type 1 Helicopter, 3 Large Air Tankers (LAT).
  • Containment: 100%
  • Controlled:  9/5/2020
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Pre-Evacuations and Evacuations:  Pre-evacuation notices were lifted on 8/26. Please go to the Custer County Emergency Management Facebook page for current information related to pre-evacuations, evacuations, and closures.  Pre-evacuation notices were in effect for:  San Isabel; Highway 165 from Highway 78 (12-Mile Road) to San Isabel; and Highway 78 from San Carlos Trailhead to Highway 165.  
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: lightning
  • Fuels: Mixed Conifer/ Brush
  • #WillisCreekfire_CO
Update 8/28/2020 at 2:30 pm: The #WillisCreekfire_CO is 100% contained. Firefighters remain on the fire working towards achieving controlled status. #SanCarlosRD

Update 8/28/2020 at 8:00 am:  There's one 20 person hand-crew on the fire today that will be improving fireline and mopping up hotspots.  Incident released two hand-crews that will be resigned to other fires and the Monument Helitac was also released and will be available for initial attack on any new fire.

Update 8/27/2020 at 3:00 pm:  The incident transitioned from a Type 3 to a Type 4 team at 3:00 pm today.

Update 8/26/2020 at 8:30 pm:  The type 1 helicopters and county resources have been released from the incident.  

Update 8/26/2020 at 5:00 pm:  Willis Creek Fire has 75% containment

Update 8/26/2020 at 3:30 pm:  All pre-evacuation notices have been lifted.  

Update 8/26/2020 at 8:00 am:  Firefighters worked through the night and there was no increase in the size of the fire.  Today firefighters will continue to construct fire line and watch for spot fires outside the perimeter of the main fire.  Helicopter drops will continue.  Structure protection resources are staffed at Aspen Acres subdivision and the Scout Camp.  

Update 8/25/2020 at 8:00 pm:  The #WillisCreekfire_CO is 16 acres.  The change in acreage is due to firefighters mapping the perimeter on the ground.  The fire is 25% contained tonight.  

Update 8/25/2020 at 3:00 pm:  The Type 1 Helicopter is utilizing Lake Isabel as a dipping site.  Highway 165 will be closed for short intervals as the helicopter dips.  There are three Type 2 crews en route.  Rye High School is the staging area for firefighters.  Highway 165 from Rye to the fire location will see increased firefighting traffic.  Please avoid the area, if possible.  

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08/26/2020 - early morning

Photos from firefighters on the line:

Clean burn, Fuels consumed almost 100%

Hose lay

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Fire Activity 8/23/2020



    Thorpe Fire

 See updates below bullet statements

Time Reported: 8/23/20 at 1:02 pm

  • Size:  159
  • Location: Park County, South Park Ranger District, off Forest Service Road 230 and Park County Road 31, west of Lake George, CO. 2 miles SW of Tarryall, CO
  • Jurisdiction: US Forest Service, CO.
  • Resources: Multiple agencies assisting including: Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Park County, El Paso County, Douglas County and Teller County;  1 bulldozer; 1 type 3 helicopter; 3 Large Air Tankers (LAT), 1 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT).  
  • Containment: 100%
  • Controlled: 9/18/20 @ 10:00 am size 156 acres
  • Structures Threatened: yes
  • Evacuations:  Evacuations have been lifted and residents will be allowed to return to their home at 7:00 pm but will be in pre-evacuation status.  Information can be found on the Park County website:  
  • Closures: Forest Service Roads 227 and 231.  County  Roads 31 and 44.

  • Cause: unknown
  • Concerns:  
  • Fuels: grass and timber
  • #Thorpefire_CO, fire has also been referred to as #230Fire.  Official fire information will be using #Thorpefire_CO.  

Update 9/02/2020, 3:30 pm:  There is a change involving road closures on the #Thorpefire_CO.  Forest Service road 230(FS rd 230) will be open to FS Rd. 227.1A and FS Rd 227 will be open to FS Rd 227.1A.  FS Rd. 227 is a spur road off Road 44.  Public will be able to do a loop using FS Rd. 227.1A from FS Roads 230 and 227.  Public will not be able to drive west past the intersection of FS Rd. 230 and 227.1A or 227 and 227.1A. Firefighters are still staffing the fire so be on the look out for Fire equipment while in the area.

Update 8/27/2020, 5:30 pm:  Planned resources for tomorrow:  10 person module, 4 person module, 1 tender, and 2 engines.  

Update 8/27/2020, 8:00 am:  Today resources will include a 10 person module, a 5 person module, and 3 engines.  The planned burn for the interior will not occur as the weather for the next few days is not conducive.  

Update 8/26/2020, 1:30 pm:  The #Thorpefire_CO remains at 75% contained.  The area received 1/4 inch of rain last night.  There is a small unburned area within the interior of the fire perimeter that fire officials would like to burn in the next few days.  It will help to secure the perimeter.  Due to the rain, firefighters are assessing the best time to burn to allow for the greatest amount of clean-up of dead and downed trees.  The public may see increased smoke when this occurs, but Forest Service officials will inform the public before burning commences.  Resources on scene today include a 20 person crew, a 10 person crew, 3 engines, and a Module.   

Update 8/25/2020, 8:00 pm:  The #Thorpefire_CO is currently 75% contained.  There are 48 resources assigned to the fire.  The team will transition to a Type 4 team tomorrow morning.

Update 8/24/2020, 6:00 pm:  The #Thorpefire_CO is currently 50% contained.  There are now approximately 110 firefighters on scene.  Evacuations have been lifted and residents will be allowed to return to their homes at 7:00 pm but will remain in pre-evacuation status.  

Update 8/24/2020, 11:00 am:  New acreage due to crews walking the perimeter of the fire and mapping with GPS.  The MMA flight picked up only hot spots during the night.  Cold spots on the perimeter were not detected.  The fire has not grown in actual size, but better mapping has produced a more accurate number.    

Update 8/24/2020, 9:00 am:  A late night flight of the Thorpe Fire by the Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) has mapped the current size of the fire at 83 acres. The decrease in acreage is due to the more accurate mapping by the MMA. Crews made good progress overnight in utilizing natural and man-made barriers as fire lines. Today, firefighters will continue to improve these barriers as well as the fireline built by fire crews and the bulldozer.  Evacuations remain in place and can be found on the Park County Sheriff's Office webpage.  There are approximately 50 firefighters on scene with two Type 2 hand crews en route. 

Update 8/23/2020, 8 pm:  The Thorpe fire is currently estimated to be 150 acres burning in grass and timber. The Park County Sheriff's Office has implemented evacuations in the area of the fire which include campers along Forest Service Road 227 and 231 as well as County Roads 31 and 44. Webber Park Subdivision has also been evacuated (See Park County Alert Center for all current pre-evacuations and evacuations ). The Thorpe fire has had a moderate rate of spread today and firefighters have been utilizing air resources to slow the fire as firefighters protect values at risk and make a direct attack on the fire where possible. Tonight, firefighters will be utilizing natural and man-made barriers with an indirect attack where possible.


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