Posts From June, 2016

County test of the Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System and the Code Red System 

Public Service Announcement

News Release - (June 30, 2016)

 

 ******INFORMATIONAL RELEASE******

 

The Albany County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Outdoor Warning Siren system and Code Red System promptly at 10:00 a.m. Friday July 1st, 2016 for all Albany County Sirens located in Laramie, Rock River, Centennial and Albany. The outdoor warning system will sound a steady signal for a period of 1 to 3 minutes. 

The Albany County Outdoor Warning system auditory warns citizens that are outside of an emergency. When residents hear the sirens they should take cover immediately and tune into a local radio or television station to receive additional emergency information.  Residents should not call 911 or local emergency officials for information as this tie’s up telephone lines needed for emergency operations.  The sirens are an all-hazards emergency warning system and are intended to warn residents of any life threatening situation in the area.

For further information on siren locations along with frequently asked questions about the sirens or code red, please contact the Albany County Emergency Manager at ema@co.albany.wy.us or 307.721.1815.

Cancellation of the test may occur due to inclement weather

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Posted by IT Department June 30, 2016 Categories: EMA

Rain Over Beaver Creek Fire  

Public Service AnnouncementNews Release - (June 30, 2016)

 

 (WALDEN, Colo.)  June 30, 2016 – Yesterday the Beaver Creek Fire did not burn with the intensity seen in days prior.  Helicopters used aerial ignitions midday as ground crews assisted with ignition of unburned fuels to further defend structures.  Prior to the rain the fire grew to 13,275 acres.  

Rain overnight did not suppress the fire, it temporarily decreased fire intensity.  Firefighters expect to see smoldering and creeping fire behavior today.  As temperatures rise today, wet vegetation will dry out and become more receptive to embers. Preparations for structure protection in the Wheeler Creek and Parsons Draw areas will continue to be a focus for firefighters in the event the fire moves further east.

 

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Posted by IT Department June 30, 2016

Aerial Ignitions take place on the Beaver Creek Fire 

Public Service Announcement

News Release - (June 30, 2016)

 

 (WALDEN, Colo.)  June 29, 2016 – Firefighters continue to defend structures along the 600 Road by burning out receptive fuels in front of the advancing fire front. Aerial and hand ignition tactics were used to place a pattern of fire above the structures and slowly advance the fire into management lines.  This maintained a low intensity burn and mitigated many pockets of unburned fuels near buildings. 

In the Parsons Draw area, structure protection firefighters began work to defend homes in the event that the fire should move into this area. Currently the fire is about two miles west of this area. Tactics used to defend these structures include brush and debris clearing, installing sprinkler systems and wrapping some structures with a material designed to reflect radiant heat from an advancing fire. Crews will continue to monitor and add additional protection tomorrow.

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Posted by IT Department June 30, 2016

Beaver Creek Fire Grows, Firefighters Use Fire, Weather and Helicopters to Manage Suppression 

Public Service Announcement

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.

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Posted by IT Department June 29, 2016 Categories: Forest Service

Protecting Structures is a Top Priority on the Beaver Creek Fire 

Public Service Announcement

News Release - (June 29, 2016)

 

 (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.

 

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Posted by IT Department June 29, 2016 Categories: Forest Service

Fire Behavior Remains Active on Beaver Creek Fire 

Public Service Announcement

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. 

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Posted by IT Department June 27, 2016 Categories: Forest Service

Beaver Creek Fire, Small Perimeter Growth, Structure Defense a Priority 

Public Service Announcement

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.

 

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Posted by IT Department June 25, 2016 Categories: Fire Forest Service PSA

Beaver Creek Fire transfers to Type II Incident Management Team 

Public Service Announcement

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.

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Posted by IT Department June 24, 2016

Beaver Creek Fire Information Phone Numbers 

Public Service Announcement

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).

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Posted by IT Department June 23, 2016 Categories: Fire Forest Service PSA

Beaver Creek Fire continues to grow, hits 7,000 acres  

Public Service Announcement

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.

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Posted by IT Department June 23, 2016 Categories: Fire Forest Service PSA
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