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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire
Post Posted: Jul 12, 2018 1:22 pm 
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July 12, 2018 Update

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The humidity in the fire area reached a low of 11% yesterday. Today will be mostly sunny in the morning followed by mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms with small hail after 11:00 AM. High temperatures will range from 68°-74° with minimum low humidity of 30-36%. Winds out of the north-northeast 6-11 mph with gusts to 16 mph. Winds near thunderstorms will be gusty and erratic, with gusts up to 30 mph. Tonight will bring minimum temperatures of 47°-52°, a relative humidity of 75-80% and a 20% chance of wetting rain.

Current Situation
Fire behavior will be very limited today. The primary source of remaining heat on the fire will be heavy surface fuels and woody debris. The possibility of visible smokes from within the interior of the fire will continue. Fire personnel will continue monitoring fire behavior with lookouts and aircraft. As our objectives near completion, fire personnel and equipment are gradually being released.

Yesterday, on the north side firefighters worked some heat found in the interior. Firefighters continue to patrol the fireline. Crews will secure and hold the perimeter on the east side along HWY 285. Rehab continues along the dozer lines. Division P will secure fire perimeter from FS 168 west to Buffalo Peaks Wilderness (BPW) boundary. Hotshot crews continue to work hotspots directly and by coordinating helicopter bucket drops in and near the BPW. Contingency lines and structure protection on the south of the fire are complete; Division T is unstaffed today. Crews are constructing contingency line from DP 55 west to the Lynch Creek Trailhead. Hotshot crews will hold and secure fireline from FS 433 to the BPW. Firefighters are using the chippers to eliminate fuels along the line in Division Z. The dozer line between Division A and Z will be patrolled to determine possible containment. Structure Protection will be removing hoselays, pumps and pumpkins to back haul all fire fighting equipment. Campground of the Rockies (CORA) will be returned to pre-fire status.

Fire Statistics:
Size: 13,023 acres
Percent Contained: 74%
Total Personnel: Approximately 497
Cause: Lightning
Resources Include: Three Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 16 engines, one masticator, 2 dozers
Helicopters: Four Type 1, two Type 3 and two fixed wing aircraft.

Closures and Public Safety
The speed limit on Highway 285 is posted at 50 mph; there is no stopping in the fire area. Closures remain in effect in the Pike National Forest including the lands south of CR22, north of Trout Creek Pass, the entire BPW, and west of HWY 285. All mandatory evacuations are lifted. CR22 [Black Mountain area] and CORA are on pre-evacuation status.

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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire
Post Posted: Jul 12, 2018 8:33 pm 
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Weston Pass Fire is now 83% contained. Clouds moved in and we are receiving some showers as firefighters return from the line. Volunteers from Wings-And-Warriors brought their service dogs to the fire camp.

A video was compiled showing gratitude from the Park County community to firefighters. https://www.facebook.com/westonpassfire ... 724305372/

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Post Posted: Jul 13, 2018 11:53 am 
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July 13, 2018 Update

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Today will be mostly sunny in the morning with isolated showers and thunderstorms beginning around 12:00 PM becoming mostly cloudy with a few scattered thunderstorms after 1:00 PM. High temperatures will range from 68°-74° with minimum low humidity of 30-36%. Winds out of the east 7-13 mph with gusts to 17 mph. Winds near thunderstorms will be gusty and erratic, with gusts up to 25 mph. Tonight will bring minimum temperatures of 49°-54°, a relative humidity of 70-75% and a 10% chance of wetting rain.

Current Situation
Fire behavior is expected be very limited today. The primary source of remaining heat on the fire is heavy surface fuels and stump holes. Visible smokes from within the interior of the fire will continue especially when the sun is warming the fuels and the humidity is lower. Fire personnel will continue monitoring fire behavior with lookouts and aircraft. As our objectives near completion, fire personnel and equipment are gradually being released. Tomorrow at 6:00 AM the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, IC Todd Pechota, will turn over responsibility for the Weston Pass Fire to a local Type 3 Organization lead by IC Steve Reed, ADFMO, from Pike and San Isabel NF.

On the north side firefighters continue to patrol the fireline. Crews will secure and hold the perimeter on the east side along HWY 285. Division P will secure fire perimeter from FS 168 west to Buffalo Peaks Wilderness (BPW) boundary. Hotshot crews continue to work hotspots directly and by coordinating helicopter bucket drops in and near the BPW. Contingency lines and structure protection on the south of the fire are complete; Division T is unstaffed. Hotshot crews will hold and secure fireline from FS 433 to the BPW. Hotshot crews continue working in and near the BPW to identify and extinguish hotspots directly and with helicopter water drops. In this rough, steep, terrain with heavy fuels, firefighters are constantly weighing the risk to fire fighters versus the benefit of engagement. To mitigate this situation, medical supplies have been staged in this area and medical personnel are on location. Containment percentage of the fire increased along the dozer line between Division A and Z yesterday. Today, crews will continue to patrol that line. Structure Protection removed all fire equipment around Campground of the Rockies (CORA).

Closures and Public Safety
Closures remain in effect in the Pike National Forest including the lands south of CR22, north of Trout Creek Pass, the entire BPW, and west of HWY 285. Please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc for more information. CR 22 is open to the public. All mandatory evacuations are lifted. CR22 [Black Mountain area] and CORA are on pre-evacuation status. Visit http://www.parkco.us for up to date information. The speed limit on Highway 285 is posted at 50 mph; there is no stopping in the fire area.


Fire Statistics:

Size: 13,023 acres
Percent Contained: 83%
Total Personnel: Approximately 425
Resources Include: Three Type 1 hand crews, 6 Type 2 hand crews, 9 engines, one masticator, 2 dozers
Helicopters: One Type 1, one Type 3

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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire
Post Posted: Jul 13, 2018 9:45 pm 
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The Weston Pass Fire remains at 13,023 this evening.
It is now 93% contained.
Estimated containment: Sunday July 29th, 2018

The Type 1 IMT will transition command to a local Type 3 IMT at 6 am tomorrow morning (June 14).

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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire
Post Posted: Jul 14, 2018 10:17 am 
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Size: 13,023 acres
Containment: 93%
Estimated 100% containment: Sunday July 29th, 2018


Planned Actions

Secure established lines in Division Z. Patrol and mop-up in Division A, D, M and P. Continue suppression repair where appropriate.

Projected Incident Activity

*12 Hours: Very limited to no fire spread. Cooler moist air will reduce fire behavior.

*24 Hours: Warming temperatures on Saturday will dry fuels, limited fire behavior anticipated.

*48 Hours: Possible chance of rain with higher humidity and lower temperature will moderate potential fire behavior.

72 Hours: Drying trend begins with fuel moisture in dead and down fuels trending lower.

*Anticipated: Fuel moistures will continue to drop and potential fire behavior will increase as conditions begin to trend toward pre-rain conditions.
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*PSICC National Forest closure in place for fire area currently. Closure order generally for fire planning area, Buffalo Peaks Wilderness and ancillary trails closure effective 7/6.

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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire - 93% containment
Post Posted: Jul 14, 2018 4:38 pm 
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The Pike National Forest closure is still in effect including the lands south of CR22, north of Trout Creek Pass, the entire Buffalo Peaks Wilderness and west of HWY 285. Please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc for more information. The area is closed to prevent the public from being injured and allow the firefighters to safely do their job. Thanks for your cooperation.

This map is dated 7/13 but the information is current.

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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire - 93% containment
Post Posted: Jul 15, 2018 12:52 pm 
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Sunday 7/15/18 Update

Members of the local Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) are beginning their work on the Weston Pass Fire. “The objective of the BAER team is to determine the need for and prescribe and implement emergency treatments on Federal Land to minimize threats to life or property resulting from the effects of a fire or to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources.” See https://www.fs.fed.us/b…/watershed/burnareas/background.html for more information.

Current Situation

Today’s clouds, lower temperatures and higher humidity will slow fire behavior. The primary sources of remaining heat on the fire are heavy surface fuels and stump holes. Visible smokes from within the interior of the fire are expected for weeks until significant wetting rain penetrates the heavy fuels. Fire personnel will continue monitoring fire behavior with lookouts and aircraft.

The engines in divisions A/D/M/P will continue to secure and patrol fireline along the north, east and south. The Hotshot crew will continue to work hotspots directly and by coordinating helicopter bucket drops in and near the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness (BPW) area (Divisions T/P). Fire management is constantly weighing the risk to firefighters versus the benefit of engagement. Some of the interior smokes are allowed to burn because of the risk to firefighters and there is no indication they would penetrate the fire perimeter.

Projected Incident Activity

    12 Hours: Very limited to no fire spread.
    24 Hours: Cooler temps expected with mostly cloudy skies with 20% chance of wetting rains causing extremely limited fire growth.
    48 Hours: Cooler day and potential rain will moderate fire behavior.
    72 Hours: Drying trend will cause trend toward possible limited fire behavior.

Closures and Public Safety

Closures remain in effect in the Pike National Forest including the lands south of CR22, north of Trout Creek Pass, the entire BPW, and west of HWY 285. Please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc for more information. All mandatory evacuations are lifted. CR22 [Black Mountain area] and CORA are on pre-evacuation status. Visit http://www.parkco.us for up to date information. The speed limit on Highway 285 is posted at 50 mph; there is no stopping in the fire area. Please be cautious as fire apparatus and crew buggies are entering the highway.

Fire Statistics:

Size: 13,023 acres
Percent Contained: 93%
Total Personnel: Approximately 64
Resources Include: One Type 1 crew, Four engines, One masticator
Helicopters: One Type 1, One Type 3

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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire - 93% containment
Post Posted: Jul 16, 2018 12:42 pm 
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July 16, 2018 Update

Firefighters and equipment moved to hard packed roads during the rain yesterday. Jones Hill reported .54” of rain last night. During the rain, several places along CR 22 had minor flooding last evening. The event precipitated a 911 call from a resident. In one place the water flow was described as black mud. This is an example of the need for the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team who will begin their assessment process within the fire area today.

See https://www.nifc.gov/BAER/ and https://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/pdf/BAER ... 51801L.pdf for more information about BAER.

Weather
Mostly sunny skies this morning will gradually increase to mostly cloudy by 2:00 PM. There is a chance of thunderstorms any time after 12:00 PM. Maximum temperature will be around 71° F with a low tonight of 48° F. Humidity will reach low of 34% during the day, recovering to 75% at night. Winds will be from the east 5-6 mph with gusty and erratic winds near thunderstorms.

Current Situation
Rain, clouds, lower temperatures and higher humidity will slow fire behavior today. During sunny, warmer dryer weather smoke may be visible within the interior of the fire. These smokes may show up for several weeks until significant wetting rain penetrates the heavy fuels. Fire personnel will continue monitoring fire behavior with lookouts and engine patrols.

The engines in divisions A/D/M/P will continue to secure and patrol fireline along the north, east and south. The Hotshot crew will continue to work hotspots directly and will coordinate helicopter bucket drops as needed. Some of the interior smokes from smoldering fuels are allowed to burn for two reasons. First because there are suppression risks to firefighters like dangerous trees with weakened root systems and there is no indication they would penetrate the fire perimeter. Fire managers continually weigh risk versus benefit when making suppression decisions.

Closures and Public Safety
Please be cautious as fire apparatus and crew buggies are entering the highway. Closures remain in effect in the Pike National Forest including the lands south of CR22, west of HWY 285, north of Trout Creek Pass and the entire Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc for more information. CR22 [Black Mountain area] and CORA are no longer on pre-evacuation status

Fire Statistics:

Size: 13,023 acres
Percent Contained: 93%
Total Personnel: Approximately 64
Cause: Lightning
Resources Include: One Type 1 crew, Four engines, One masticator
Helicopters: One Type 1, One Type 3

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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire - 93% containment
Post Posted: Jul 18, 2018 2:30 pm 
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The Weston Pass Fire continues to be listed at 13,023 acres with 93% containment. Flooding the perimeter has been the focus of all recent news. More on the fire as it is released.

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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire - 13,000 acres + 93% containment
Post Posted: Jul 19, 2018 1:07 pm 
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Due to the absence of fire updates, this incident will be considered closed. Should any additional information be given, it will be updated here.

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 Post subject: Re: Weston Pass Fire 13,000 acres + 93% - Final Update (clo
Post Posted: Jul 22, 2018 5:17 pm 
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A final update has been released:

The Weston Pass Fire is still at 93% containment. The other 7% is in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness (BPW). The BPW part of the fire is now being handled with confinement suppression strategies. This includes bucket drops, firefighters working directly on hotspots, using topographic features, and weather. This decision was made by fire managers to limit the exposure and risk to firefighters and because the scattered hotspots make it impossible to draw a containment line. Residents can expect to see interior smoke all summer. Firefighters will continue patrolling the area.

Helpful sources of information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands for closure updates look at the left column for “Alerts & Notices”: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/psicc/hom

Email: psicc.pio@gmail.com

Twitter:@PSICC_NF

PSICC blog for new fires:
http://psiccfireinfo.blogspot.com/2018/07/

Road information
http://www.codot.gov

Incident information: 719-299-1567

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