Thursday, June 13, 2013

Update: GACC Colorado Fires 13,000 acres Rocky Mountain Area Preparedness Level was elevated to 3 (PL3)

DC-10 super tanker VLAT(Very Large Air tanker) releases a fire-retardant solution to help stop the spreading Black Forest fire in El Paso County, Colo., June 12, 2013.
Colorado Large Wildland Fire Incidents
06/12/2013
1800
Update: Big Meadow (CO-RMP). 5 mi. North of Grand Lake, CO (40.19 22N, 105.47 15W). Approx: 600 acres- beetle kill timber. Upslope runs, spotting, area closures continuing.
06/12/2013
2000
Update: Black Forest (CO-EPX). 8 miles se of Monument, CO. (39.0 46N, 104.44 59W). Appx: 8,500 acres @ 0%. GB IMT 1 (Harvey) in-briefed at 1800.
06/12/2013
2100
Update: Royal Gorge (CO-RGD). 1mile west of Canon City, CO. (38. 27 14N, 105. 21 01W). Appx: 2,800 acres @ 20%. Fire is transitioning to RMA T2 IMT Dallas at 0600 6/13

Minimal IA reported this evening with considerable acreage growth on existing large fires. Hot, dry, and windy conditions continue across Colorado and into central Wyoming. Additionally, subtropical moisture moving northward will initiate isolated thunderstorm activity over the higher elevations of Colorado into central Wyoming Thursday afternoon and evening, and again Friday. This may increase IA, especially over Colorado where fuels are more receptive.


Black ForestCO-EPX-000330Type: WFStart: 06/11/2013 1421Cause: UPriority:
Overhead Team Name: S. CampbellType: Type 3 TeamLocal:GACC: 1
Size:
8,500 ACRES
% Cnt/MMA:
0 %
Est Contain:
06/20/2013
Latitude:
39° 0´ 46"
Longitude:
104° 44´ 59"
Location: Within the City limits of Black Forest Colorado$$ Costs to Date: $0
Structures Threatened: 150 COMM , 200 OUTB , 1,500 PRIMStructures Destroyed: NONE
Resources Committed:Total Personnel:  Report Date: Jun 12, 2013 1200
AgencyCRW1CRW2HEL1HEL2HEL3ENGSOVHD
Significant Events: Inbriefing of Great Basin Team 2 at 1800hrs.Remarks: Assisting agencies: Colorado National Guard, Fort Carson and 4th Infantry Division, State of Colorado, Colorado State Police, 28 local fire departments, 8 local law enforcement departments, 2 county, posibly a 3rd county Sheriff departments.
Observed Fire Behavior: Low RH w/sustained crown runs
Planned Actions: Continue Structure protection, Evacuations will remain in effect, Anchor/Flank/Secure as conditions allows.


Royal GorgeCO-RGD-000328Type: WFStart: 06/11/2013 1239Cause: UPriority:
Overhead Team Name: D. PageType: Type 3 ICLocal:GACC: 2
Size:
2,800 ACRES
% Cnt/MMA:
20 %
Est Contain:
NR
Latitude:
38° 27´ 14"
Longitude:
105° 21´ 1"
Location: 1mile west of Canon City, Colorado$$ Costs to Date: $255,000
Structures Threatened: 30 PRIM , 50 COMMStructures Destroyed: 20 COMM
Resources Committed:Total Personnel: 136Report Date: Jun 12, 2013 1730
AgencyCRW1CRW2HEL1HEL2HEL3ENGSOVHD
BIA0000000
BLM0100002
CNTY0000000
FWS0000010
OTHR0100020
PRI0010000
ST00000214
USFS20001011
Significant Events: Closures and evacuations remain in place. Resources assigned are establishing anchor points and constructing direct line, performing structure assessment.Remarks: Red Flag predictedf for tomorrow. Approximately 30-35 percent of P/J is beetle. Somedamage has occurred to Royal Gorge bridge and will require further assessments. Fire is transitioning to T2 IMT (Dallas at 0600 6/13/13
Observed Fire Behavior: Multiple heads, est. 75 foot flame lenghts, running, multiple tree torching, and moderate spotting.
Planned Actions: Establish anchors and flank, continue structure assessment and prep as necessary. Divisions north and east of Arkansas river scout and assess for line location.


Big MeadowCO-RMP-217Type: WFStart: 06/10/2013 1500Cause: LPriority:
Overhead Team Name: M. BowersType: Type 3 ICLocal:GACC: 3
Size:
600 ACRES
% Cnt/MMA:
0 %
Est Contain:
NR
Latitude:
40° 19´ 22"
Longitude:
105° 47´ 15"
Location: @ 5 Mi. North of Grand Lake,CO$$ Costs to Date: $100,000
Structures Threatened: 2 OUTBStructures Destroyed: NONE
Resources Committed:Total Personnel: 107Report Date: Jun 12, 2013 1720
AgencyCRW1CRW2HEL1HEL2HEL3ENGSOVHD
BLM1000108
NPS10000015
OTHR00000101
USFS1000000
Significant Events: AREA CLOSURES CONTINUINGRemarks:
Observed Fire Behavior: Upslope Runs, spotting
Planned Actions: Hold and improve line on the south side, and start direct line on west flank.


West ForkCO-SJF-000232Type: WFStart: 06/05/2013 1300Cause: LPriority:
Overhead Team Name: Fred EllisType: Type 4 ICLocal:GACC: 4
Size:
1 ACRES
% Cnt/MMA:
0 %
Est Contain:
NR
Latitude:
37° 27´ 45"
Longitude:
106° 56´ 38"
Location: 14.5 miles N/NE of Pagosa Springs CO$$ Costs to Date: $2,250
Structures Threatened: NONEStructures Destroyed: NONE
Resources Committed:Total Personnel: 1Report Date: Jun 12, 2013 1030
AgencyCRW1CRW2HEL1HEL2HEL3ENGSOVHD
USFS0000001
Significant Events: noneRemarks: SJF IHC called the West Fork fire into DRC on 6/11/13 on 6/12/13 2EE was asked to fly a recon to get a good size up and determine jump spots or LZ's for crew insertion if there is a change in tactics. Currently this fire is being managed for resource benefits due to location and inaccessibility. 2EE said that its burning in heavy dead and is approximately 1/4 acre.
Observed Fire Behavior: Smoldering
Planned Actions: Monitor from ground or aerial, as needed.
Colorado Army National Guard Aircraft Fighting Forest Fire
Colorado Army National Guard and Fort Carson, Colo., aviation assets provide firefighting assistance during the Black Forest fire in El Paso County, Colo., June 12, 2013. UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters are being used to fight the fire.
More Information RMACC GACC: http://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/predictive/rmasit_protection.htm
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