News Release - (June 29, 2016)
(WALDEN, Colo.) June 29, 2016 – Yesterday the Beaver Creek Fire advanced on the west, east and south sides growing to 11,776 acres. On the west edge the wind pushed into the fire, slowing growth and helping clean out unburned fuel on the edge. The southern edge of the fire remained active and firefighters today will use aerial suppression tactics to burn out unburned fuels. On the east edge firefighters continue monitoring spot fires remaining from yesterday afternoon’s wind shift.
In the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area, the crews will not directly engage the fire; rather they will patrol and assist Forest Service Staff informing recreationists of area closure. Currently, crews are actively suppressing the fire outside of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness around the values at risk (structures). Available resources have been prioritized and are being used appropriately, where they can be most successful. If the fire passes outside of Mount ZirkelWilderness in a new location, we will suppress the fire using resources that minimize firefighter risk and have the highest chance of success.
(WALDEN, Colo.) June 28, 2016 – Today the fire moved to the south and west at a slower pace than observed yesterday. Fire weather pushed the Beaver Creek Fire around the western edge of Big Creek Lake almost to its southern edge. The fire is backing downslope toward Forest Road 600.
Crews worked along Forest Road 600 to defend buildings. Firefighters are burning between structures to improve their ability to defend them. Additionally, crews removed grass and other flammable materials from around buildings and utilized sprinklers.
News Release - (June 27, 2016)
(WALDEN, Colo.) June 27, 2016 – The Beaver Creek Fire burned actively overnight with spot fires and ignitions in pockets of unburned fuel. The acres burned increased to 6235. Low humidity and wind increased fire behavior near structures; however firefighters used sprinklers and burn out operations for defense.
An inversion blanketed the fire overnight. Local morning winds will lift the inversion and surrounding communities may see and smell smoke, including Laramie, WY. Northwest winds ranging from 5-10 mph gusting to 15 mph are expected to increase fire activity as the afternoon progresses. Temperatures today will range from 75-80F at different elevations on the fire. Humidity remains low and the combination of warm temperatures and low humidity increases the speed and intensity at which trees and brush ignite and burn.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (June 25, 2016)
Overnight a thunderstorm passed over the fire but did not produce significant rainfall. Small spot fires in the northwest and southwest part of the fire resulting from changing wind directions were quickly addressed by firefighters. Night shift firefighters focused on structure defense and cooling down hot spots around values at risk often referred to as mopping up.
A mild cold front passed last night bringing drier air to the area, shifting winds from the southwest to the northeast. Temperatures today will be cooler, 68-73 F but humidity will also decrease, ranging from 17-22%. Lower humidity can cause fire activity to increase especially during wind shifts caused by afternoon thunderstorms.
The fire continues to remain active in the identified burn area with some areas experiencing short crown runs and group torching. Smoke becomes more visible when the fire ignites pockets of unburned fuel in areas the flame front has already passed and as the fire reaches new unburned fuels along the perimeter. The fire is burning primarily in heavy timber with a high percentage of beetle kill, and in some areas of grass and sagebrush. Incident Commander Jay Esperance briefed firefighters, “while providing structure defense and building fireline today, refer to the 18 firefighting watch out situations as a tool maintain firefighter and public safety as the top priority.” Today firefighters will continue to provide structure defense and scout for and build fireline. Resources assigned to the fire today include 425 firefighters working on engines, bull dozers, water tenders, helicopters, airplanes and hand crews.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (June 24, 2016)
(WALDEN, Colo.) June 23, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team (Esperance) assumed command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. today. The fire remained active with some spotting however it did not grow significantly. The fire, which began last Sunday on the Medicine Bow - Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, is firmly established on Bureau of Land Management-managed Independence Mountain. Initial response was by U.S. Forest Service, State, County engines.
Air resources and dozers were used to assist with spot fire containment and extinguishment today. Ground resources monitored the fire and scouted for good locations to build fire line. Firefighters also mopped up hot spots near structures and continued prepping structures in advance of the fire. The fire has burned 5368 acres.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (June 23, 2016)
New phone lines have been established for both public information and media requests for the Beaver Creek Fire. They are as follows:
Public Information – 307-223-2291
Media Information – 307-223-2220
These phone lines are being staffed by Information Officers with the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue (Esperance).
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (June 22, 2016)
Winds continued to push the Beaver Creek Fire to the east on Wednesday and the burned acreage estimate is now 7,000 in Jackson County, Colo. The fire, which began last Sunday on the Routt National Forest, is firmly established on BLM-managed Independence Mountain. Crews will continue night operations on Wednesday in preparation for the management transfer on Thursday morning to Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue (Esperance). The growing complexity of the fire has prompted the reclassification of the incident from Type III to Type II.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (June 21, 2016, Walden, CO)
A wind shift on Tuesday afternoon drove the Beaver Creek Fire to the east, jumping over two main roads and establishing spot fires on BLM-managed Independence Mountain. The majority of the 3,800-acre fire remains on the Routt National Forest in northwest Jackson County, Colo.
Fire staff were working late Tuesday with Jackson County and the BLM to evacuate dispersed campers on Independence Mountain.
Due to the ever-growing complexity of the fire a management transition will take place Wednesday to a Type II Incident Command Team.
Staffing levels are now at 120 fire personnel. Air resources working the fire include two Type I helicopters, a Type II helicopter, a Type III helicopter, and an air attack plane. One tanker drop of retardant took place Tuesday evening and additional resources are on order.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (June 20, 2016, WALDEN, Colo.)
The Beaver Creek Fire, reported on Sunday, June 19, has grown to approximately 500 acres on the Routt National Forest, and management of the fire transitioned to a Type III incident management team on Monday.
Additional resources have been ordered to help deal with the wildfire in northwest Jackson County, Colo., which is burning in heavy timber with a high percentage of beetle kill.
The fire is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Walden, Colo., three miles south of the Colorado/Wyoming state line, and in the Twisty Park area, between Beaver Creek and Rhea Creek.
There are 30 private and recreation residences/structures within a mile and a half of the fire, and residents are under pre-evacuation notice from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Those structures are mainly along the 600 Road, which runs southwest from the community of Pearl to Big Creek Lakes Campground
The Albany County Planning and Zoning Commission IS NOT meeting Monday, June 13, 2016. The next meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission will be Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
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