Beaver Creek Fire August 23, 2016 Update 

Public Service Announcement

News Release - (August 23, 2016)

 

Weather of Little Impact on Monday

Higher temperatures with wind gusts of 35 to 40 miles per hour and low humidity marked weather conditions on Monday. Cloud cover, however, assisted firefighter efforts. As a result good progress was made in maintaining fire lines. Excavator work continues along the southeastern border of the fire to repair damage from suppression activities. The burnout was a success at the northeastern edge of the fire, and despite windy conditions the containment lines held. Firefighters continued to monitor the areas around the Helena Bridge and Ike’s Cabin in the southwest to protect them in the event fire activity threatened. Most fire spotting on Monday was blown back into the fire by the prevailing winds. Management officials expect Tuesday to closely resemble Monday in terms of fire behavior and the continued success of suppression, containment and protective efforts. Firefighters will continue structure protection and reinforcement of containment lines. Cooler weather later in the week is predicted to be even more favorable to suppression and containment efforts. Rehabilitation is a priority in those areas where landowners have been able to return to their property. Another priority aimed at firefighter safety, is the use of heavy equipment to remove snags and other dangerous features. While protecting structures and other threatened assets is taken seriously, protecting firefighter safety is always the top priority. 66 days into the firefighting effort no serious injuries have occurred. This is due to careful tactic planning and safety awareness at all levels of the operation.

Senator to Tour Beaver Creek Fire

Colorado 4th District U.S. Senator Cory Gardner will be briefed on the fire on Tuesday, and tour areas of the fire afterward.

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Posted by IT Department August 23, 2016 Categories: Forest Service

Beaver Creek Fire August 22, 2016 Update 

Public Service AnnouncementNews Release - (August 22, 2016)

 

FIRE ACTIVITY HEATS UP

Increased fire activity occurred on the Beaver Creek Fire as anticipated today. After a relatively inactive morning, the fire started putting up smoke in several different areas. Unburned fuels within the perimeter of the fire dried out under clear skies and the fire became more active. Most of the smoke that was visible from the fire area was coming from the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Firefighters continued work on mop up and repair operations across the fire, while helicopters flew almost continuous missions for four hours delivering water to cool the fire around hot spots and stop it where it moved briefly onto the sagebrush flatlands yesterday afternoon.

On the eastern side of the fire, crews are working closely with landowners to repair damage caused by suppression activities earlier during the fire. Heavy equipment is being used to repair and grade roads. The dozers are close to completing their work in Parson’s Draw. Efforts continue to fully suppress the Beaver Creek Fire where and when those operations can be conducted safely and effectively. To date, 65 days into this fire, there have still been no serious injuries to personnel fighting the Beaver Creek Fire.

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Posted by IT Department August 22, 2016

Beaver Creek Fire August 19, 2016 Update 

Public Service Announcement

News Release - (August 19, 2016)

 

Please be advised that the attached update contains the correct phone number for the Jackson County Sheriff’s office.

The Jackson County Sheriff has announced that at 6 am Saturday the evacuation for residents and property owners displaced by the Beaver Creek Fire will be lifted. Closures on National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Lands will remain in effect. To gain entry, cabin and property owners must obtain an entry permit from the Jackson County Sheriff’s office. For more information contact the Sheriff at 970-723-4242.

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Posted by IT Department August 19, 2016 Categories: Forest Service

Beaver Creek Fire August 18, 2016 Update 

Public Service Announcement

News Release - (August 18, 2016)

 

Summary: The Beaver Creek Fire was active across several areas yesterday. On the southwestern corner of the fire, heavy smoke and flames were reported north of Helena bridge and continued to slowly spread into the Zirkel Wilderness. In the northwestern area, a fire spotted across Forest Service Road 408 within a dozer line. Additional line was added for containment, as well as using the feller-buncher near Forest Service Road 418 to create what firefighters are calling a “catcher’s mitt”, a backup contingency line to catch the fire should it burn across the road. Fire continued to creep into the drainage in the northeast section south of Forest Service Road 498. Firefighters have been able to make significant progress on road and hand line repair, especially in the Parson’s Draw and Big Creek areas.

Weather: Today, winds should be from the southwest, with a chance of scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Winds are expected to transition mid-afternoon, coming from the north/northeast in advance of a cold front. This change in direction is an advantage, as it will blow the fire back into itself in the most active areas. Showers are forecast for this evening and tonight.

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Posted by IT Department August 18, 2016 Categories: Forest Service

Linford School Parking Lot Is Now Partially Open 

Public Service Announcement

Public Announcement - (August 16, 2016)

 

The Linford School parking lot is now open from the Grant Street side (the west side of Linford). The Grant Street side is the only current entrance into the parking lot.

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Posted by IT Department August 16, 2016 Categories: Clerk PSA

Beaver Creek Fire August 16, 2016 Update 

Public Service AnnouncementNews Release - (August 16, 2016)

 

Summary: Yesterday, weather proved to be challenging for fire crews working to hold firelines around the Big Creek Road, (Forest Service Road 498).  The fire remains south of the road, but did spot over one fireline.  The spot is still contained behind an additional contingency line, and firefighters will work to strengthen that line.   Eastern and southern areas of the fire saw minimum to moderate fire activity and work there is focused on mopping up hot spots, patrolling and rehabilitating impacts from fire suppression activities.  Most of the structure protection equipment has been removed from cabins in that area.  The eastern side of the fire continues to move slowly to the east, but is generally hampered by winds and steep, rocky uphill terrain.

A new fire, called the Broadway Fire, was found day before yesterday, a holdover from lightning received throughout the area almost a week ago.  It is estimated at 30 acres and located approximately 3.8 miles west of Blackhall Mountain and approximately 4 miles east of Hog Park Reservoir in Wyoming.

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Posted by IT Department August 16, 2016 Categories: Forest Service

Beaver Creek Fire August 15, 2016 Update 

Public Service Announcement

News Release - (August 15, 2016)

 

Summary: Yesterday, the fire was the most active it has been in over 6 days. Areas that had not shown activity recently had active fire and smoke columns were noticeable from a distance over many areas of the fire. The fire actively backed down the slope in the area of Big Creek Road and Holroyd road in the northern portion of the fire and could easily be seen from Route 125/230. Active fire behavior was also experienced 2 miles south of Big Creek Lake and 4 miles northwest of Big Creek Lake.

Several small areas of fire burned on the slope above the east side of Big Creek Lake and sprinklers were activated as a precaution to protect Ike’s Cabin. Fire continues to burn in the high country on the west side of the fire. A bulldozer continued to make repairs to firelines in Parson’s Draw. Today, the weather should be similar to yesterday and the fire may burn vigorously again with spot fires possible.

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Posted by IT Department August 15, 2016 Categories: Forest Service

Beaver Creek Fire August 12, 2016 Update 

Public Service Announcement

News Release - (August 12, 2016)

 

Summary: The greatest fire activity was on the northern edge of the fire in Wyoming yesterday while the western, southern and eastern sides of the fire had scattered smokes with a variety of hot spots in the interior. Fire managers estimate approximately 25% of the interior of the fire remains unburned. This available fuel could burn and produce smoke until significant weather produces a season ending event.

Weather: Thunderstorms brought small amounts of rain over the fire yesterday. Today, temperatures should be in the lower 70s. Winds are expected to be out of the west-northwest at 10-15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Scattered showers are expected again today after 4 pm. Increasing cloud cover should occur during the day as a cold front is expected to pass after midnight.

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Posted by IT Department August 12, 2016 Categories: Forest Service

Beaver Creek Fire August 10, 2016 Update 

Public Service Announcement

News Release - (August 10, 2016)

 

Summary:  Fire activity picked up sporadically yesterday across some areas of the Beaver Creek Fire, and that trend is expected to continue today. Most of the activity was located within the interior of the fire.  Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor all areas, as well as prepare in areas where the fire has the greatest potential to escape containment lines.

Weather:  Yesterday a strong weather disturbance moved across the fire area with lightning and strong winds in the late afternoon. Very little rain was measured across the fire. Hotter and drier temperatures will prevail across the area further increasing fire activity in the western and northern portions of the fire. Winds should be out of the west and southwest.

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Posted by IT Department August 10, 2016 Categories: Forest Service

Beaver Creek Fire August 9, 2016 Update 

Public Service Announcement

News Release - (August 9, 2016)

 

Summary: Fire activity picked up sporadically yesterday across some areas of the Beaver Creek Fire, and that trend is expected to continue today. Most of the activity was located within the interior of the fire. Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor all areas, as well as prepare in areas where the fire has the greatest potential to escape containment lines.

Weather: Hotter and drier temperatures will prevail across the area further increasing fire activity in the dead and down, and bug killed timber. Winds should be out of the west and southwest. These conditions are forecasted to remain until a cold front moves into the area on Thursday.

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Posted by IT Department August 09, 2016 Categories: Forest Service
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