Thursday, July 2, 2020

Fire Activity 7.2.2020

    Picture Canyon Fire

Time Reported: 7/02/20 at 17:02 pm
  • Size: 517 acres
  • Location: Baca County, Springfield Ranger District, Comanche National Grassland, 7 miles SW of Elkhart, KS, in west end of Picture Canyon
  • Jurisdiction: USFS, CO.
  • Resources: 2 Forest Service engines, 2 Type 1 Crews, 2 Type 2 Crews
  • Containment: 7/7/2020 @ 2:31 pm
  • Controlled: 7/8/2020 @ 8:36 am
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Lighting
  • Concerns:  
  • Fuels: grass, pinion & juniper 
  • #PictureCanyonfire

Update 7/5/20 at 5:00 p.m.: The #PictureCanyonFire is now 90% contained. Management of the fire will be transitioned from the Type 3 Incident Management Team back to the Forest at 6:00 tomorrow morning. All firefighter resources have been released with the exception of two Type 2 handcrews. This will be the final update.

Update 7/5/20 at 7:30 a.m.The #PictureCanyonFire received almost .9" of rain last night. Firefighters will return to the fire this morning to reinforce firelines by cold trailing to eliminate any heat and mop up to extinguish any smoldering or burning debris. Release of resources will occur throughout the course of today.

Update: 7/04/20 at 7:45 pm, High relative humidity from last night and throughout the day kept the #PictureCanyonfire activity to a minimum. The fire perimeter did not grow allowing firefighters to make good progress to achieve 50% containment. Four engines will be released this evening to return to thier home units.  The remaining firefighters will continue mopping up hot spots improving the fireline. 

Update: 7/04/20 at 10:45 am, There was minimal fire activity yesterday because of the thunderstorm activity but there were isolated pockets of heat and active fire.  Today's weather is calling for mostly sunny with slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the late afternoon. Winds will be 6 mph from the north shifting to the southeast at 5-10 mph. Gusty and erratic winds expected near thunderstorm activity.  

Picture Canyon Fire Map

Update: 7/03/20 at 8:15 pm,  Picture Canyon Fire current resources: a Type 3 Team,  1 Type 1 crew, 1 Type 2 crew, 2 Type 3 engines, 3 Type 6 engines. Total personnel is 66 plus the team.  Overview for today: firefighters worked on fireline construction but were pulled off the incident this afternoon due to thunderstorm activity with lighting. Tomorrows planned action for firefighters is to continue building fireline and improving existing fireline to gain containment of the fire.  Additional resources arriving tomorrow, 1 type 1 and type 2 hand-crew and 1 Type 6 engine.

Update: 7/03/20 at 4:00 pm, All County Firefighting resources have been released except for the ambulance.  

Update: 7/03/20 at 3:00 pm, #PictureCanyonfire estimated size is now adjusted to 517 acres. In the state of Oklahoma there was 132 acres burnt, then 385 acres of USFS, BLM and CO. State lands. Three air-tankers, 2 SEAT's and one LAT are in route to drop fire retardant. 

Update: 7/03/20 at 9:45 am, #PictureCanyonfire estimated size is now 3,600 acres. More resources are being ordered. After the Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) flight there will probably be a more accurate size for the fire.  

Update: 7/03/20 at 7:45 am, Fire started in Oklahoma move north into Colorado. Multi counties from OK. and CO. are involved along with the U.S. Forest Service. Resources ordered for the incident besides the Type 3 Team are 1 Hotshot crew, 1 Type 2 IA hand-crew and a Colorado Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) flight.  

Update: 7/02/20 at 8:40 pm, A Type 3 Incident Command Team has been ordered and will take over the fire Friday afternoon.

Update: 7/02/20 at 8:00 pm,  Fire reported at 150 acres, one engine has been released.  Smoke Jumpers are on the ground engaging the fire.

Map of location: