News Release - (August 26, 2016)
Location: 24 miles north of Walden, Colorado
The Beaver Creek fire is being managed on the Medicine Bow - Routt National Forests, BLM Kremmling Field Office, State of Colorado Lands, BLM Rawlins Field Office and Wyoming State Forestry Division.
Started: 6/19/16. The cause of the fire is being actively investigated by U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement.
News Release - (August 25, 2016)
News Release - (August 24, 2016)
Location: The Broadway Fire is located approximately 3.8 miles west of Blackhall Mountain and approximately 4 miles east of Hog Park Reservoir in Wyoming. It currently involves 212 acres, (235 IR·) and a total of 30 personnel.
Location: The Beaver Creek Fire is located 24 miles north of Walden, Colorado
The Beaver Creek fire is being managed on the Medicine Bow - Routt National Forests, BLM Kremmling Field Office, State of Colorado Lands, BLM Rawlins Field Office and Wyoming State Forestry Division. Started: 6/19/16. The cause of the fire is being actively investigated by U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement.
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.
News 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.
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.
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.
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.
News 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.
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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