Colorado Wildfire Update: July 24

About this report: This wildfire update is provided by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in partnership with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control to keep you informed of current wildfires for which the State is currently supporting and monitoring. The update does not cover all wildfires currently burning in Colorado that may be smaller incidents.

Conway Fire

Fire Jurisdiction:   BLM land
Location/County:  Moffat County:  The fire is 2.5 miles southeast of Gates of Ladore and is 1.5 miles east of Dinosaur National Monument. 
Cause: Lightning
Acres/Land Ownership: 213 acres
Containment: 95%
Evacuations: None
Closures: None
Fatalities/Injuries to Date: None reported
Structures Lost/Damaged: None reported
Significant Events:  Crews continue to build and secure lines.  Current cost approximately $206,050
Resources:   2 Type I crews, 1 Type II crew, 1 helicopter, 3 engines, 67 personnel, Type IV Incident Management Team
Source(s):, Follow us on Twitter at @NWCOFireUnit, RMACC

Brush Creek Fire

Fire Jurisdiction:  BLM
Location/County:  Garfield County
Cause:  Lightning
Acres/Land Ownership:  514 acres
Containment: 100% contained
Evacuations:  None reported
Closures: None reported
Fatalities/Injuries to Date:  3 injuries
Structures Lost/Damaged to Date: None
Significant Events:  Cost approximately $700,000.
Resources:  4 Type II crews, 1 helicopter, 1 engine, 1 dozer, 85 personnel, Type III IMT
Source(s): Twitter @NWCOFireUnit, RMACC

Powell Complex Fire (Powell Fire and Little Duck Fire)

Fire Jurisdiction: Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Location/County:  Rio Blanco County:  The fire is located 5 miles northwest of Meeker.
Cause: Lightning
Acres/Land Ownership: 1,639 acres
Containment: 100 percent
Evacuations: None
Closures: None
Injuries to Date: None
Structures Lost/Damaged: None reported
Significant Events:   Cost approximately $1,008,000
Resources:  4 Type I crews, 2 Type II crews, 2 helicopters, 12 engines, 1 dozer, 284 personnel, Type II IMT
Source(s): Twitter @NWCOFireUnit or @RM_InciTeamA, RMACC

Airport Fire


Fire Jurisdiction:  Southern Ute Agency
Location/County:  South of Durango, one mile South West of Animas Airpark
Cause:  Lightning
Acres:  600 acres
Containment:  5 percent
Evacuations:  None at this time, pre-evacuations lifted
Closures:  None reported
Injuries/Fatalities:  None reported
Structures lost/damaged: None reported
Significant Events:  Cost approximately $145,000
Resources:  4 Type II crews, 3 helicopters, 1 engine, 1 dozer, 112 personnel, Type III IMT
Follow us on Twitter at @NWCOFireUnit, RMACC, La Plata County OEM

Long Mesa Fire

Fire Jurisdiction:  BLM
Location/County:  Black Ridge Canyon Wilderness Area, 21 miles west of Grand Junction
Cause:  Lightning
Acres:  150 acres (Better visibility and more accurate mapping capabilities reduced the size of the affected area of the fire from yesterday)
Containment:  30 percent
Evacuations:  None
Closures:  None reported
Injuries/Fatalities:  None reported
Structures lost/damaged: None reported
Resources:  Follow us on Twitter at @NWCOFireUnit (General Information) and @RM_InciTeamA, RMACC

Today’s Fire Outlook

The fire situation rating for the Rocky Mountain Area remains at Preparedness Level 4, the highest level possible is 5. This rating indicates highly complex large fire activity is occurring, with multiple large fires in the zone. Fire severity is extreme as reported in multiple areas, and fires are escaping initial attack, as evident by the number of large fires. Multiple regional dispatch centers are experiencing an incident requiring type-1 or type-2 teams, and a majority of zone resources are committed.
There are no active watches, warnings or advisories for Colorado.  For more information go to A map can be viewed at 
Resources for updates on wildfires:
               INCIWEB:  - Select the State in the drop down in upper right hand corner
               Colorado Office of Emergency Management:
o   Contains incident updates
o   Contains Current Colorado Fires Map link(right hand side of page)
o   Contains information on fire restrictions in the state
               US Forest Service Active Fire Map:
               Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center: