Colorado Daily Status Report July 28

Alerts/Warnings            
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National Wildfire Preparedness Level 3NIFC Sit ReportDefinition of Levels
Rocky Mountain Preparedness Level 2 RMCC Morning Intelligence * Sit Report
State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Status
Duty Officer: (303) 472-4046
Emergency Operations Center (SEOC): The State Emergency Operations Center remains at Level IV - monitoring - for weather and flash flood potential.

Alkali Fire
Date of Incident:
Wednesday, July 23
Location:
14 miles north of Maybell, Moffat County – on private property
Size:
20,690 acres
Containment:
100% as of July 27, 2014 at 9:00 PM
Evacuations:
Three individuals were evacuated
Damaged Structures:
One homestead, one barn and one propane tank
Funding:
Emergency Fire Fund (EFF) (EFF period ended at midnight on 7/25/14)
Information Sources:
COEmergency.com – Colorado Wildfire Watch App Android - Apple
State Resources:
DFPC FMO Parsons is the Agency Administrator. 
DHSEM Regional Field Manager is providing support and technical assistance.
DFPC Billing Specialist assigned as an Incident Business Advisor.
Additional
This will be the final update for the Alkali Fire in this report.

Elk Springs Fire
Date of Incident:
Saturday, July 26
Location:
1.4 miles south of US Highway 40, Southeast of Elk Springs
Size:
450 acres as of July 28
Containment:
90% anticipated by end of shift today, July 28th
Evacuations:
None Reported
Damaged Structures:
None Reported
Resources:
BLM Squad 1-1, 2 Juniper Valley Crews, Roosevelt Hot Shots, and Wyoming Hot Shots
County and State Engines
2 Air Attack modules
5 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs)
1 Heavy Air Tanker (available on call)
1 Helicopter
Information Sources:
COEmergency.com – Colorado Wildfire Watch App Android - Apple
State Resources:
DFPC West Regional FMO assigned as ICT3 on Elk Springs Fire
DFPC Colorado River Regional FMO providing on-site support and assistance to Moffat County on the Elk Springs Fire.
DHSEM Regional Field manager is supporting and monitoring the incident.

Mesa County – West Salt Creek Landslide
Date of Incident:
Saturday, May 25
Location:
Collbran, Co
Area Impacted:
4 miles long, 2 miles wide and up to 250 feet deep.
Information Sources:
Additional:
USGS, Colorado Geological Survey, and DHSEM Regional Field Manager providing direct technical support, continued monitoring and coordination of resources.

Elk Springs Fire and Alkali Fire Updates

Elk Springs Fire

 Favorable weather conditions have resulted in low fire activity and much progress being made on the Elk Springs fire.  GPS data showed the fire at approximately 450 acres with very minimal growth.  Crews will continue to extinguish hot spots and reinforce the perimeter line.   The Incident Commander is predicting 90% containment by the end of shift today, July 28th.   

Elk Springs Fire:

  • Burning on State, private, and Bureau of Land Management lands
  • Started 7/26/2014, 3:30 p.m.
  • Burning grass, sage, pinon and juniper
  • 1.5 miles south of US Highway 40, 1.5 miles southeast of the community of Elk Springs
  • Main concerns: the community of Elk Springs, ranch residences and structures, oil and gas facilities, primary sage grouse habitat, and major transmission lines
  • No cause yet determined.

The Alkali fire was declared fully contained on July 27th at 9 p.m. Teamwork, partnerships, and cooperation were essential in managing this fire.  Working together keeps our responsiveness up and costs down.


Elk Springs Fire Update Update on July 27, 2014

The approximately 300 acre Elk Springs Fire was reported yesterday around 3:30 p.m. and is being managed under a Unified Command over Bureau of Land Management, State, and private lands.  It is burning in grass, sage, pinion and juniper about 1 ½ mile south of US Highway 40, southeast of Elk Springs.  The main concern for this fire is the protection of the community of Elk Springs, ranch residences and structures, oil and gas facilities, primary sage grouse habitat, and major transmission lines.  The Moffat County Sheriff is concerned about control of traffic along Highway 40 and any evacuations if they are necessary.  The cause has not yet been determined.

Firefighting Resources on the Elk Springs Fire:

  • BLM Squad 1-1, 2 Juniper Valley Crews, Roosevelt Hot Shots, and Wyoming Hot Shots
  • County and State Engines
  • 2 Air Attack modules
  • 5 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs)
  • 1 Heavy Air Tanker (available on call)
  • 1 Helicopter

 Crews are busy in the northwest Colorado fighting many smaller fires on a daily basis.  Thunderstorms in the area have dropped a great deal of lightning, wind, and only isolated rain.  Long term drought in the area has made fuels receptive to burning.  However, this morning’s cloud cover and higher humidity has helped to calm the fires.  A significant increase in moisture is forecasted for the area although gusty and erratic winds are expected near any showers or thunderstorms.

 Reducing risk to firefighters and the public is the first priority in every fire management activity.  No structure, natural resource, or cultural resource is worth the loss of human life.  Our top priority is to keep the public and firefighters safe.

 Unified command continues on the 20,690 acre Alkali fire burn area.  Crews expect to contain this fire today.

 Note: On last night’s release, this fire was reported as southwest of Elk Springs, when it is actually southeast of Elk Springs.  We apologize for the error.

More information on the Elk Springs Fire can be found on Inciweb at:http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4011/  

Press releases and photos can be found at:https://sites.google.com/site/nwcofireunit/  

Public Information Officer
Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit
@NWCOFireUnit

Several New Fires in Northwest Colorado including #ElkSpringsFire

Windy conditions today, combined with recent lightning resulted in several new fires.  The Elk Springs Fire on State, Bureau of Land Management, and private land started late in the afternoon.  Aerial and ground resources have responded to the incident; however difficult access, windy conditions, and receptive fuels are making firefighting efforts challenging. 

 By early evening, the fire was about 1 ½ miles south of US Highway 40, southwest of Elk Springs and at approximately 300 acres.  Primary consideration is the protection of the community of Elk Springs, a ranch residence and related structures, oil and gas facilities and major power lines are nearby.  The area is also in priority Sage Grouse habitat.  The cause has not yet been determined.

 Many of the other fires were small and firefighters were able to make good progress.

 As with all fires, the safety of the public and firefighters are the top priority.

 Today, crews continued to patrol the 20,690 acre Alkali fire burn area for any remaining hot spots and full containment expected on Sunday, July 27. 

Information provided by Public Information Officer, Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit

A copy of the news release is located at

Alkali Fire Remains at 20,690 acres

This update provided by BLM PIO Lynn Barclay at 11:30 a.m. on July 25, 2014.

There has been no real perimeter growth on the 20,690-acre Alkali Fire burning 14 miles north of Maybell. The fire area received scattered showers through the night and fire activity has been minimal. Fire crews continue to build containment lines and extinguish hot spots.  A homestead cabin, barn and propane tank were destroyed the first evening the wildland fire erupted. The fire is primarily on private land, with a small amount of Bureau of Land Management public lands and 50 percent contained with full containment expected Sunday, July 27.  The cause remains under investigation.

 

The 276-acre Carl’s Hole Fire on BLM land about 30 miles west of Meeker is 75 percent contained.  The fire was started Tuesday night by lightning. No structures are immediately threatened.

 

Northwest Colorado received more than 7,000 lightning strikes yesterday and responded to 20 new wildland fires in Rio Blanco County. Wildland fire crews were able to contain many of the incidents during initial attack.