Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Fire Activity 12/22/2021

 Blodgett Peak Fire

Time Reported: 12/22/2021  5:22 am

  • Size: .78 ac
  • Location: El Paso County, Pikes Peak  RD, .5 miles N of Colo Springs, CO. South of the Air Force Academy,
  • Jurisdiction: USFS with a unified command with CSFD
  • Resources:  USFS, El Paso  County, Air Force Academy FD,, Colo Springs Utilities, Pikes Peak OEM, ,  Colo Springs Police Dept, Colo Springs Fire Dept,  MMA
  • Containment: 100%  1/03/2022 @ 11:38 am
  • Controlled: 2/07/2022 @ 8:30am size 0.78 ac
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: Pre evacuation for Peregrine Sub Division has been lifted. 
  • Closures: Blodgett Open Space is open to recreation activities
  • Cause: Illegal abandoned campfire
  • Fuels: Spruce Fir with dead down timber, shrubs, grass
  • #BlodgettPeakFire
Update: 1/03/2022  12:00 pm
The MMA morning flight did not identified any heat signature on the #BlodgettPeakFireCo.  Containment is now at 100% Another MMA flight will be  scheduled for a date and time TBD.  This is the last update unless there's a significant change in the fire behavior.

Update: 12/30/2021  11:30 am
The MMA morning flight identified one heat signature on the #BlodgettPeakFireCo.  No smoke was visible.  Containment is now at 90% because the heat signature is surrounded by rocks.  CSFD and the USFS will continue with roaming patrols.  Another MMA flight is schedules for Monday morning.

Update: 12/29/2021  5:30 pm
MMA flight is scheduled for Thursday morning for the #BlodgettPeakFireCo.  CSFD will continue with roaming patrols.  No smoke was visible today.  No change in containment.

Update: 12/28/2021  11:30 am
The type three helicopter was released from the #BlodgettPeakFireCo.  Another MMA flight is scheduled for Thursday morning.  CSFD will continue with roaming patrols.  Because of safety concerns the Forest Service is asking the public to avoid the fire area.

Update: 12/27/2021  5:30 pm
The Incident Commander has called the #BlodgettPeakFireCo 75% contained at 4:00 pm.  Helicopter did six water drops. 

Update: 12/27/2021  1:00 pm
The Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA) flew the #BlodgettPeakFireCo and found 3 heat signatures.  The helicopter is using the latitude and longitude that the MMA provided and is dropping water at those locations.

Update: 12/27/2021  9:30 am
 A Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA) is scheduled this morning to scan for residual heat on the #BlodgettPeakFireCo.  A helicopter will do a recon flight this morning winds permitting. CSFD patrols are will continue through out the day.

Update: 12/26/2021  4:30 pm
Helicopter did not see any smoke during this mornings recon flight, did not fly any more missions because of erratic winds, there's occasionally smoke visible in the late afternoon hours. Pre evacuation for Peregrine Sub Division has been lifted.

Update: 12/26/2021  10:30 am
 No smoke visible this morning on the  #BlodgettPeakFireCo. A helicopter will do a recon flight this morning winds permitting.  Also a Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA) is scheduled for Monday morning to scan for residual heat. 

Update: 12/25/2021  5:30 pm
No visible smoke today on the #BlodgettPeakFireCo.  The Blodgett Open Space will open tomorrow except for the trail head that the fire crews are using to access the fire. 

Update: 12/25/2021  11:00 am
Snow fell on the #BlodgettPeakFireCo for a short period last night, however smoke and smoldering is occasionally visible.  Patrols are continuing and firefighters are on site.  Fire investigators have determined the cause to be an illegal abandoned campfire.  If anyone has information they encouraged to call the Pikes Peak Forest Service Office at 719-636-1602 leave message if no answer.  

Update: 12/24/21 5:30 pm
The #BlodgettPeakFireCo received some moisture this afternoon.  Firefighters worked on the fire through out the day and the fire is now called 50% contained. CSFD will be patrolling tonight and other firefighters will return in the morning.

Update: 12/24/21 10:30 am
There was no increase in size on the #BlodgettPeakFireCo still at .7 ac. Helicopter did several water drops this morning but once again the high winds forced the ship to land.  If winds moderate the helicopter will continue doing water drops. From this mornings helicopter size up indicating minimal fire activity, a multi agency squad is hiking up to the fire to construct fire line to gain containment. If there is any safety concerns they will be mitigated or firefighters will come off the fire. Firefighter safety is the number 1 concern.

Update: 12/23/21 5:00 pm
The #BlodgettPeakFireCo received several helicopter water bucket drops but due to winds the ship had to land back at the helibase.  There was no growth from this morning's reported size of .7 ac.  CSFD will be patrolling and monitoring tonight. Prevacation are still in place and the Blodgett Open Space is closed to recreation use.  Crews will be back in the morning staffing the fire.

Update: 12/23/21 7:00 am
Additional resources  are arriving today to suppress the #BlogettPeakFireCo.  One handcrew and a type three helicopter. 

Update: 12/22/21 2:00 pm
Two Large Airtankers dropped fire retardant on the #BlodgettPeakFireCo before sunset.  Fire will not be staffed tonight, Colo Springs FD firefighters will be patrolling the area and monitoring the fire.  USFS will take control of the fire at 9:00 am 12/23/21.  Resources ordered for tomorrow's shift are one type 2 handcrew and a type 3 helicopter.

Update: 12/22/21 2:00 pm
Firefighters did reach the fire but with concerns for predicted winds gusts to 40 mph they are hiking back to the staging area.  Overhead making operation plans with firefighter safety as the number 1 concern and getting an idea of what resources are available. There was a MMA flight this morning mapping the fire at .3 ac. including 3 spot fires.


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Fire Activity 10/13/2021

Red Canyon Fire

Time Reported: 10/13/2021  6:35 pm

Update 10:30pm, 11/01/21 

This is the last update unless there is significate change in fire activity on the  #RedCanyonFireCoOnly a small amount of heat or smoke remains on the still at 13.2 acres. 

  • Size: 13.4 ac
  • Location: Huerfano County, San Carlos  RD, 8.3 miles NE of Gardner, CO. 
  • Jurisdiction: USFS
  • Resources:  USFS engine, Type 2 Helicopter, Type 1 Helicopter, Upper Huerfano County FPD water tanker
  • Containment: 100 % 1/4/2022 @ 4:20 pm for 13.4 ac.
  • Controlled: 
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: lightning
  • Fuels: Aspen
  • #RedCanyonFireCo
Update 2:30pm, 10/29: Only a small amount of heat or smoke remains on the #RedCanyonFireCo still at 13.2 acres. 

                Early AM 10/29
                                                    Early PM 10/29

Update 3:30pm, 10/27: Today an MMA mapped the #RedCanyonFireCo at 13.2 acres. Only a small amount of heat remains in the fire area.

Update 6:40pm, 10/26: A small amount of precipitation fell over the #RedCanyonFireCo today. No smoke was visible today. 

Update 11:30am, 10/26: The #RedCanyonFireCo is not producing any visible smoke at this time. Firefighters on scene have observed gusty winds in the fire area. 

Update 6:30pm, 10/25: No smoke is showing on the #RedCanyonFireCo. Fire activity remained very low throughout the day.

Update 10:00am, 10/25: Light smoke is visible in the #RedCanyonFireCo area. Firefighters are on scene to observe fire behavior and take appropriate action. 

Update 11:00am, 10/24: Small amounts of smoke produced by the #RedCanyonfireCo may be visible throughout the day. Firefighters remain on scene to monitor fire activity.

Update 4:30pm, 10/22: Today a Type 1 helicopter dropped twelve 750 gallon buckets of water on the #RedCanyonfireCo cooling the fire's perimeter to prevent further growth. Interior pockets of heat remain and may produce visible smoke as logs and other heavy forest fuels burn. 

Update 10:30am, 10/22: No smoke is visible on the #RedCanyonfireCo today. Firefighters remain on scene. 

Update 6:00pm 10/21: Today the Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA) mapped the #RedCanyonfireCo at 12.5 acres. Fire activity has remained low throughout the day. 

Update 8:00am, 10/21: Light smoke and haze can be seen in the #RedCanyonfireCo area. Today a Multi Mission Aircraft flight will map the fire perimeter and provide intelligence on current conditions. Firefighters are on scene. 

Update 3:30pm, 10/20: Fire activity on the #RedCanyonfireCo remained low throughout the day. Currently no smoke is visible. Smoke may appear occasionally in the evening hours as remaining heat consumes forest fuels.

Update 8:40am, 10/20: Light smoke and haze are visible on the lightning caused #RedCanyonfireCo located in the Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness. Firefighters on scene continue to monitor fire activity closely.

Update 5:30pm, 10/19: A Type 1 helicopter has been assigned to the #RedCanyonfireCo to assist with aerial monitoring and engage in appropriate suppression actions. A second Type 1 helicopter is available locally to support firefighters.

Update 4:30pm, 10/19: Smoke production on the #RedCanyonfireCo has dissipated significantly. Light haze is visible from Hwy 69 south of Gardner, CO. Firefighters remain in the area to monitor fire activity. 

Update 2:00pm, 10/19: The #RedCanyonfireCo has increased in size to 9.25 acres. Strong winds and dry conditions are forecast into the evening hours with winds decreasing tonight. Firefighters, assisted by aircraft, continue to monitor fire behavior. Smoke is being carried by strong winds to the town of Rye and is visible from I-25 as haze.

Update 8:15am, 10/19: Gusty winds are contributing to increased smoke production on the #RedCanyonfireCo. Firefighting resources will be on scene throughout the day to monitor fire activity and take appropriate suppression actions.

Update 6:30pm, 10/18: Today fire activity remained low on the #RedCanyonfireCo. Light haze was visible on and off throughout the afternoon. Firefighters scouted access routes to the fire through the steep and rugged terrain. 

Update  11:30am, 10/18: Very little smoke is visible on the #RedCanyonfireCo. MMA (multi mission aircraft) mapping operations show the fire holding at .8 acres. Firefighters remain in the area.

Update 7:40pm, 10/17: Bucket work preformed today on the #RedCanyonfireCo successfully reduced fire activity. Currently smoke is not visible. 

Update 3:30pm, 10/17: A Type 2 Helicopter is dropping buckets of water on the #RedCanyonfireCo in an effort to decrease fire activity. The wildfire is currently .75 acres in size.

Update 11:20am, 10/17: Firefighting resources on scene at the #RedCanyonfireCo continue to evaluate the safest course of action to engage the wildfire, located in the Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness. A slight uptick in smoke production is visible. 

Update 5:30pm, 10/16: The #RedCanyonfireCo size has been updated to .6 acres. An MMA flight this evening mapped the increase in acreage. Currently no smoke is visible.

Update 9:30am, 10/16: No smoke is showing on the #RedCanyonfireCo this morning. Firefighting resources will remain on scene throughout the day to observe fire behavior. 

Update 4:30pm, 10/15: The #RedCanyonfireCo size has been updated to .38 acres.  Acres was determined from the MMA flight mapping operations. Below is a recent photo showing no smoke and a video from the MMA Flight.

Update 11:00am, 10/15: Crews are monitoring #RedCanyonfireCo.  A state Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA) has been ordered for a 2:00 pm flight today.  Hoping to get a good mapping from the flight. Pictures from this morning are posted below.

                                                                    10/13/21 late afternoon

                                                                        10/14/21 Mid afternoon

                                                                10/15/21 Early Morning

Afternoon 10/15/21 no smoke showing


                                            Video from the MMA Flight 10/15/21

                                                       Morning 10/16/21 No Smoke Showing

                                                Afternoon 10/16/21 increased fire activity

                                                    Evening 10/16/21 no smoke showing

                                                        MMA Flight 10/16/21

                                 Morning 10/17/21 fire activity picking up earlier in the day

                                    Afternoon 10/17/21 A Type 2 Helicopter performs bucket work
                                        Late Afternoon 10/17/21 Firefighters work with the
                                         Type 2 Helicopter to conduct bucket work
                                                                      Afternoon 10/18/21 Red Canyon fire area
                                                                       Late Morning 10/19/21 Fire activity increases
                                                                        Afternoon 10/19/21 Moderate fire behavior

                                                        Late Afternoon 10/19/21 Reduced fire activity
                                                                                Morning 10/20/21 Light smoke and haze
                                                                10/20/21 Portable water tanks
                                                                Late afternoon 10/20/21 No smoke showing
                                                                            Morning 10/21/21 Light smoke and haze visible

                                                                Afternoon 10/22/21 Type 1 Helicopter

                                                                                Morning 10/24/21 No smoke visible
                                                                        Morning 10/25/2021 Light smoke visible
                                                                        Afternoon 10/27/2021 MMA Flight


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Fire Activity 9/30/2021

 Badger Gulch Fire

Time Reported: 9/30/2021  4:19 pm

  • Size:  .1 acre
  • Location: Park County, South Park  RD, 6 miles NW of Lake George, CO.  FS Rd 290.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS,
  • Resources:  USFS engine,
  • Containment: 100% 9/30/2021 @ 6:39 pm
  • Controlled: 10/01/2021 @ 9:38 am for .1 acre
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: human
  • Fuels: Ponderosa Pine, needle litter
  • #BaggerGulchFireCo

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Fire Activity 9/26/2021

 Gulch Fire

Time Reported: 9/26/2021  2:08 pm

  • Size:  .1 acre
  • Location: Park County, South Park  RD, 7.6 miles SW of Lake George, CO.  FS Rd 398 and Hwy 98.
  • Jurisdiction: USFS,
  • Resources:  USFS engine,
  • Containment: 100% 9/26/2021 @ 3:34 pm
  • Controlled: 9/26/2021 @ 4:47 pm for .1 acre
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Fuels: Ponderosa Pine
  • #GulchFireCo

Indigo Fire

Time Reported: 9/26/2021  12:32 pm

  • Size:  .1 acre
  • Location: El Paso County, Pikes Peak  RD, 9.5 miles SW of Colo Springs, CO.  at the Wye Campground
  • Jurisdiction: USFS,
  • Resources:  USFS engine,
  • Containment: 100% 9/26/2021 @ 2:25 pm for .1 ac.
  • Controlled: 
  • Structures Threatened: N\A
  • Evacuation: N\A
  • Closures: none
  • Cause: Human
  • Fuels: Mixed Conifer
  • #IndigoFireCo