Weston Pass Fire - 13,000 acres + 93% - Final Update
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Author:  aspenleaf [ Jul 6, 2018 9:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire

This morning's numbers being released by Inciweb are the same as the Sheriff's Office posted overnight: 12,902 with an upgraded containment to 17%.

Fuel's: Timber (Litter and Understory), Brush (2 feet), Timber (Grass and Understory)Timber, brush, mixed conifer with timber litter light to moderate, stringers of aspen with grass/sage mix.

Significant Events: Active, crowning, short crown runs, flanking. Possible thunderstorm activity in the fire area today. Continued warming and drying trend after today. Fire behavior concerns will increase due to continued warm and dry conditions mixed with atmospheric instability.

Weather Concerns: Friday should see isolated showers and thunderstorms developing late morning, becoming more scattered after noon. Highs 75-80F, with minimum RH 20-25%. East winds 8-13 mph with gusts to 20 mph.

Highway 285 continues to be closed between Fairplay and Antero Junction. The recommended detour is south-southeast towards Hartsel on 9 to 24, southwest on 24 to Antero Junction.

Author:  aspenleaf [ Jul 6, 2018 11:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire

July 6, 2018 Morning Briefing

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.

...Hot Shot crews are on the ground in the Wilderness area (Div Z) assessing risks and possible options for suppression...

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.


Author:  aspenleaf [ Jul 6, 2018 1:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire

You can watch live aerial coverage of the fire right now (2:00 pm): ... 504912794/

Edit to add at 2:12 - It's already over, but phrases like "holding up", "able to take full advantage" and "looking good" were being used a lot.

Edit to add 4:29 - this video can still be viewed: ... 504912794/

Author:  aspenleaf [ Jul 6, 2018 3:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire

IREA is assessing damage at the Weston Pass Fire and hopes to restore power to residents soon.

ETA at 5:00pm: IREA announced that power has been restored to residents effected by the Weston Pass Fire.

Author:  aspenleaf [ Jul 6, 2018 4:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire

This afternoon's briefing: ... 928250385/

Author:  aspenleaf [ Jul 6, 2018 7:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire

Today’s Fire Activity

Current acreage is 12,902
Containment has increased to 32%

Severe weather including thunderstorms and cloud to ground lightning impacted the fire this afternoon. Line personnel moved to staging areas and remained in vehicles until the storm passed before engaging the fire again. Saturday’s forecast calls for a mostly sunny morning with the inversion lifting around 10 AM. Winds are expected from the NE 5-10 mph with gusts up to 15 mph. Clouds and possible thundershowers will develop after 1:00 PM. High temperatures are expected in mid 70’s with 20% humidity and 30% chance of rain.

Crews continued to improve alternate contingency lines.. Helicopters were active dropping several loads of water along the southern edge of the fire allowing crews to work the primary line. Several snags (fire damaged trees) were removed... ..near the Wilderness crews went direct (building fire line directly adjacent to the fire edge) with dozers south of FS 433 and constructed contingency line from FS 435 to the Wilderness boundary. In Division Z where the fire breached the Wilderness, hotshot crews assessed viability of going direct. Conclusion was that risk was too great and potential of success was too low...

Fire Statistics:

Percent Contained: 32%
Total Personnel: Approximately 597
Size: 12,902 acres
Cause: Lightning
Resources Include: Three Type 1 hand crews, 10 Type 2 hand crews, 23 engines, and 2 dozers
Helicopters: Four Type 1, one Type 2, three Type 3 and two fixed wing aircraft.

The full release can be read here: ... 9374887907

Highway 285 remains closed.


Author:  aspenleaf [ Jul 6, 2018 7:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire



(Photos of the Weston Pass Fire not taken today.)

Author:  aspenleaf [ Jul 7, 2018 8:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire

The fire is currently at 13,019 acres and 32% contained. The winds will be shifting from a west to a northeast direction by late morning, with afternoon thunderstorms possible. Air resources will again be working hotspots around the southwest area of the fire.

Author:  Meborrego [ Jul 7, 2018 8:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire

I just heard some radio traffic about opening 285 today. Sounded like they will be issuing a press release later today.

Author:  cosmiccowboy55 [ Jul 7, 2018 9:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire

per c-dot it is opened
US 285 is now open in both directions from Antero Jct. to Fairplay. Use caution/slower speeds, due to heavy smoke and watch for fire crews and firefighting equipment .

Author:  aspenleaf [ Jul 7, 2018 9:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire

Highway 285 has been reopened in both directions.

Author:  aspenleaf [ Jul 7, 2018 10:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weston Pass Fire

Rocky Mountain Type 1 IMT PIOs

"Our team has been split for the last week as we managed two fires approximately 1 1/2 hours apart. We have transitioned the Chateau Fire back to the local unit and will be joining the rest of our team on the Weston Pass Fire."

"The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT1) is one of 16 IMT1s located across the geographic regions of the United States. Our Team operates under the standards of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group with oversight by the Rocky Mountain Area Coordinating Group. We are comprised of members from local, state, and federal agencies, most of whom reside in the Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Cumulatively, our team members have several hundred years of experience.

Our Mission: Simply put, our mission is to meet or exceed the expectations of those who invite us to their home area to help in times of difficulty. This includes the public we serve, and the government agencies that represent them. We are called to natural disasters and other types of incidents because the scope and complexity of the situation exceeds the capacity of local resources to manage. Our expertise is managing large, complex incidents to get life back to normal as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, and to do it safely and with sensitivity to the land, resources, and public interests.

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