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.
News Release - (June 10, 2016)
(DOUGLAS, Wyo.) June 10, 2016 – The Douglas Ranger District would like visitors to the Laramie Peak area to be aware that La Bonte Canyon Road (Forest Road 658) has been fixed, but that the solution is temporary and that caution should be used by travelers.
The road was washed out this spring, so a temporary road surface and culvert have been installed. It is now narrower than normal, roughly half the width it was before, and not recommended for heavy loads. Plans are for the U.S. Forest Service to install a permanent bridge in the future.
La Bonte Canyon Road is a popular route on the extreme northern edge of Albany County, just south of the Converse County line and off County Road 61/16 (Fetterman Road). The road is in the Medicine Bow National Forest and accesses a series of trails, as well as Curtis Gulch Campground.
News Release - (June 7, 2016)
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) June 7, 2016 – A wet spring and summer has provided Laramie Ranger District fire crews with the fuel conditions they need to conduct small-scale prescribed burning this week on the eastern edge of the Pole Mountain unit.
Smoke from the burning should be minimal, but will likely be visible to the public, as the burn units are near the well-traveled intersection of Happy Jack Highway (Wyo Highway 210) and Forest Road 700 (Vedauwoo Road).
Crews are targeting tree wells, which is the area directly under stands of large ponderosa pine, and the subsequent layers of dead needles and branches. Those tree wells are currently surrounded by green, moist vegetation, which acts as a fire break and is necessary to conduct these types of prescribed burns.
The Albany County Library Board will be having an Executive Session 6-3-2016 at 3 P.M.
The meeting will be held in the County Commissioner's Room at the Albany County Courthouse.
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