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Old 09-03-2018, 08:28 AM
 
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Mesa County's CBS affiliate is KREX. They are reporting that the Bull Draw Fire near Nucla is now 50% contained. Just over 30,000 acres burned. Over a week ago I met up with some BLM firefighters stopping for lunch at Fruita's truck stop, they told me they were heading down that way. And mentioned that this fire was going to be a problem. The Nucla/Naturita area is remote enough but the fire was quite a ways from the two towns. The combined population of those two communities is around 1500 people IIRC.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:49 AM
 
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Bull Draw Fire
September 4, 2018 8:00 am
Fire Statistics:
Location: Approximately 12 miles northwest of Nucla, Colorado.
Size: 30,580 acres
Containment: 60%
Total Personnel: 60
Cause: Lightning
Current Situation: Fire activity was low again yesterday due to precipitation, higher humidity levels, cloud cover and lower temperatures. On the fire; work in Division “W” has been completed and it moved into patrol status. In Division “A” crews are utilizing chippers to treat brush and hand tools to complete line repair in the area around Campbell Point properties. On the north side, staff will continue to monitor fire spread and potential near Long Canyon and the north and northeastern fire perimeter.


The Horse Fire is located 16 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, Colorado and 8 miles north of highway 160. The fire was started by a lightning strike that was discovered on Tuesday August 28. The fire is burning on steep rugged terrain in dense mixed conifers with pockets of aspen and oak brush. No structures are threatened, and nearby powerline infrastructure is being considered in the incident objectives. 272 acres.

Fire managers are using a combination of direct and indirect tactics on this low intensity fire. Cloud cover and intermittent showers over the course of two days have slowed fire growth.

San Juan National Forest has implemented a special order closing an area, roads, and trails to public entry in the vicinity of the fire. The West Monument Road (NFSR 630), Devils Mountain Trail (NFST 600) and the Horse Creek Trail (NFST 689) are some of the more well-known routes affected by the closure. Please check the San Juan National Forest website for current closures and update changes. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sanjuan/alerts-notices


Cache Creek Fire Update for the week of September 4, 2018:
Acres: 2,703 (no new growth in several days)
Containment: 55%
Personnel: 29

Update: Firefighters continue to work on fire line repair which is anticipated to be complete by Thursday of this week. Additionally, crews will continue to conduct mop-up near containment lines when and where needed and hazard tree mitigation along roads. Crews continue to monitor the south end of the fire where terrain and fuel conditions are too hazardous to place firefighters. The Garfield County Road Crew has been instrumental in providing support for the fire line rehabilitation process to help prevent future erosion. Thank you Garfield County! This week the weather is expected to be cooler with the potential for showers and thunderstorms through Thursday followed by a warming and drying trend into the weekend.
Last week, the White River National Forest modified the closure area for the Cache Creek Fire. For more information on the modified closure area please visit the link below. For continued firefighter safety and public safety we ask the public to remain out of the closure area.

White River National Forest Alerts: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices
Rifle Ranger Station: 970-625-2371


Silver Creek Fire
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
What’s New: Fire behavior was minimal yesterday, with some isolated torching within the fire’s interior late in the afternoon. Heavy equipment crews finished hazard tree logging and dozer line repair work yesterday. Chipping and log hauling will continue through the week. Hot spots in the vicinity of Red Dirt Falls, south of Latigo Ranch and northwest of Old Park, continue to smolder and periodically produce smoke, especially during hot, dry conditions. Located in an area difficult to access and with dense, large-diameter fuels, it is likely that these hot spots will continue to smolder until suppressed by snowfall. A Type 3 helicopter remains available for cooling water drops during flare-ups, as needed. The weather forecast today calls for similar temperatures as yesterday, with slightly higher humidity.
Fire Statistics:
Fire Size Today: 4,772 acres
Containment: 60%


Sugarloaf Fire Update

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History: The Sugarloaf Fire started on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from a lightning strike near the South Fork of Darling Creek, just south of Byers Peak Wilderness. The area is rugged and steep, remote with no roads and no safety zones for firefighters. It is part of a mountain pine beetle epidemic that devastated lodgepole pine forests 20 years ago in various parts of the Forest. The numerous dead trees still standing now present a particularly dangerous condition from extreme overhead hazards and high potential for sudden and unexpected tree fall.
Management: Type 4 Incident Management Team. The Sugarloaf Fire is being managed under a suppression strategy. The number one goal is to protect the public and firefighters, followed by protection of private and public property and infrastructure.
Size: 1,280 acres Contained: 35%
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:21 AM
 
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High wind advisory for Mesa County today. Right now the wind is blowing steady at 20 m.p.h with occasional gusts to 35 to 40 m.p.h. The forecast for the week is temps at 85 to 90 degrees. If we don't have a hefty winter you can count on big time water restrictions for next year for the GJ area.
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:53 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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High wind advisory for Mesa County today. Right now the wind is blowing steady at 20 m.p.h with occasional gusts to 35 to 40 m.p.h. The forecast for the week is temps at 85 to 90 degrees. If we don't have a hefty winter you can count on big time water restrictions for next year for the GJ area.
And much of the rest of the Western Slope, as well. SW Colorado is still suffering from extreme drought and I hate to imagine the tinder dry forests up in the mountains if we get another year of poor snowpack. My friend R. who is the foreman of the ranch I live on is looking a little discouraged lately. He was only able to get two cuttings of hay this year, and it looks like he will be deprived of that important 3rd cutting. I feel bad for the ranchers and farmers out here. It's been a rough year, and I hate to think what it will be like should the snowpack be so low again this coming winter.
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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national weather service grand junction co
1156 am mdt sun sep 9 2018

... 24 hour rainfall reports...

Location amount time/date elevation (ft.)

...colorado...

...delta county...
Lazear 3nw 0.10 in 0700 am 09/09 5688
cedaredge 10.5nnw 0.04 in 0800 am 09/09 10399
hotchkiss 5.1wnw 0.03 in 0700 am 09/09 6311
paonia 2.1sse 0.02 in 0700 am 09/09 6100
cedaredge 1.0ne 0.01 in 0800 am 09/09 6354
1 e cedaredge 0.01 in 0700 am 09/09 0

...eagle county...
Gypsum 0.4wnw 0.06 in 0700 am 09/09 6345
vail 2.6e 0.05 in 0700 am 09/09 8389
vail 0.9wnw 0.02 in 0700 am 09/09 8172

...garfield county...
Glenwood spgs 0.64s 0.02 in 0700 am 09/09 5824
carbondale 4.6nne 0.02 in 0700 am 09/09 6521
5 n silt 0.02 in 0700 am 09/09 0

...gunnison county...
Taylor park 0.09 in 1100 am 09/09 9206
pitkin 1.1sw 0.09 in 0700 am 09/09 9139
doyleville 2.1w 0.08 in 0759 am 09/09 8134
gothic 0.08 in 0700 am 09/09 9469
crested butte 6.2n 0.08 in 0700 am 09/09 9606
gunnison 3wsw 0.07 in 0700 am 09/09 7602
gunnison-crested butte ap 0.07 in 0556 am 09/09 7680
mount crested butte 0.05 in 0700 am 09/09 9239
gunnison 6.6n 0.05 in 0700 am 09/09 7941
powderhorn 4.4nne 0.03 in 0800 am 09/09 9065

...hinsdale county...
Lake city 1nne 0.08 in 0700 am 09/09 8714

...la plata county...
Bayfield 7.0n 0.03 in 0800 am 09/09 8200
redmesa 4.2nw 0.01 in 0800 am 09/09 6771

...mesa county...
Mesa 6s 0.03 in 0600 am 09/09 7720
fruitvale 1w 0.01 in 0700 am 09/09 4680

...montrose county...
Montrose 2.9ese 0.07 in 0700 am 09/09 6043
montrose 2.0e 0.04 in 0700 am 09/09 5964
black canyon of the gunnison 0.03 in 0800 am 09/09 8150
montrose 1.2ese 0.03 in 0700 am 09/09 5830
montrose 7.3ene 0.03 in 0700 am 09/09 6914
olathe 3.2nne 0.03 in 0600 am 09/09 5280
montrose 2e 0.03 in 0700 am 09/09 5806
montrose 4.0nw 0.02 in 0700 am 09/09 5729
montrose 3.9wnw 0.01 in 0700 am 09/09 5808

...ouray county...
Ouray 0.04 in 0633 am 09/09 7718
ouray 0.23nnw 0.04 in 0633 am 09/09 7728

...rio blanco county...
Meeker airport 0.10 in 0653 am 09/09 6421
rangely 1e 0.01 in 1100 am 09/09 5290

...routt county...
4 ene phippsburg 0.03 in 0700 am 09/09 0
steamboat springs 1.2sse 0.03 in 0800 am 09/09 6926
3 ene phippsburg 0.02 in 0700 am 09/09 0
steamboat springs 0.7ese 0.02 in 0700 am 09/09 7049
steamboat springs 7.9wnw 0.01 in 0800 am 09/09 6653
oak creek 0.01 in 0700 am 09/09 0

...san miguel county...
Slick rock 1.3n 0.01 in 0800 am 09/09 5460
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Old 09-10-2018, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Forecast temps in the 90's with high winds and low humidity all week for the western slope. Expect fire weather watches and red flag warnings to be issued.
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Old 09-12-2018, 07:59 AM
 
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Red Flag Fire Warning for the entire western slope today. It was 100 degrees with 30-50mph winds yesterday at my house.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:20 AM
 
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Very hot and dry in Grand Junction yesterday.
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:01 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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The East Canyon Fire is burning 6 miles south of Mancos. Thankfully, this is a small fire which should be quickly contained. Temps in SW Colorado will continue to be in the mid 80's with no rainfall in sight. The Four Corners is suffering from its worst drought in recorded history and Southwest Colorado has been exceptionally warm – a record – in addition to being exceptionally dry. Delta and Ouray counties alone were 4 degrees warmer than usual in August. - from The Cortez Journal
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Old 09-13-2018, 11:07 AM
 
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We're not quite out of the woods (or what's left of them) yet. The Seaman Fire - west of Fort Collins - is now 231 acres in size, according to the U.S. Forest Service and remains 25 percent contained.

The fire burned through grasses down to the Poudre River overnight, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Reid Armstrong said, but it's still burning in an area with light fuels.
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