Weston Pass Fire Information

Weston Pass Fire Information 719-966-7842 Call Center Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM E-mail: [email protected]

Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5876/ Social Media: www.facebook.com/westonpassfire/

July 6, 2018 (10:00 AM)

Weather

Spotty moisture from yesterday and higher humidity (90-97%) last night may result in reduced fire activity today. Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) reported .17” and crews had to pull vehicles back to hard surface roads during the rain. The inversion is expected to lift around 10 AM. Temperatures will be in the mid 70s with relative humidity of 27-32%. Clouds will move in around noon with gusty winds from the SE bringing the possibility of showers and afternoon thunderstorms.

Current Situation

After the fire breached the boundary of the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, the Forest Service issued a closure for the entire Wilderness area. Yesterday, fire personnel identified primary and alternate contingency lines on the south, west and northwest sides of the fire. Today these lines will be the focus of work in these areas. Hard work by firefighters, weather and SE wind direction continue to line up a positive outlook for CORA.

Division A has identified Rough and Tumble Creek as the primary contingency line. Crews will be improving the alternate contingency line north and east to tie in with Highway 22. Crews will continue to secure and mop up along the contained line in Divisions D and M, while identifying and removing fire damaged, dangerous trees. Division P is directly fighting the fire south of FS 433 and constructing indirect/alternate contingency line from FS 433 to the wilderness boundary in order to keep the fire north of FS 435. Division T will be prepping the FS 435 road to the North Salt Creek Trailhead. Hot Shot crews are on the ground in the Wilderness area (Div Z) assessing risks and possible options for suppression. Structure Group will continue to monitor and assess structures in the vicinity of the fire. Swing shift resources will be assigned as needs present depending on weather and fire activity.

Information Briefings

Public Information Officers will conduct daily briefings at 2:00 PM outside at Prather’s Grocery Store, 301 US Hwy 285, Fairplay and at 3:00 PM outside at Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, 343 US 24, Buena Vista.

Closures and Public Safety: A closure is in place one mile south of Fairplay at the junction of US Highway 285/State Highway 9 to all traffic, except local residents or landowners. A total closure is in place from the junction of US Highway 285/County Road 22 to Antero Junction. For up to date information visit www.cotrip.org. Evacuation status may change and evolve. For up to date information, please visit http://www.parkco.us. . Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area is closed until further notice.

Fire Statistics:

Location: 9 miles south of Fairplay, CO Percent Contained: 17%
Start Date: June 28, 2018 Total Personnel: Approximately 591 Size: 12,902 acres Cause: Lightning Resources Include: Three Type 1 hand crews, 10 Type 2 hand crews, 24 engines, and 2 dozers Helicopters: Three Type 1, one Type 2, two Type 3, and two fixed wing aircraft.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team

Weston Pass Fire Information Phone (719) 966-7842 (public) Email: [email protected] Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westonpass/ Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5876/

Evacuations and Road Closures: Website: https://www.ParkCO.us/ Travel Alerts: cotrip.org

-- Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team

Weston Pass Fire Information Phone (719) 966-7842 (public) Email: [email protected] Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westonpass/ Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5876/

Evacuations and Road Closures: Website: https://www.ParkCO.us/ Travel Alerts: cotrip.org PIO_8X11_20180705_2000_WestonPass_COPSF001278_0706_Day.jpeg

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