July 26 Colorado Wildfire Update

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 that are over 100 acres. The update does not cover all wildfires currently burning in Colorado that may be smaller incidents.

Airpark Fire
Jurisdiction: Southern Ute Indian
Location: 4 Miles south of Durango
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 499 acres (Inciweb had a type on their site resulting in a drastic reduction in acreage.
Containment: 85 percent (projected 100% containment is July 28 at 7 PM)
Evacuations: None
Closures: None
Fatalities/Injuries: None
Structures Lost/Damaged: None reported
Estimated cost is $576,000.
Resources: Fire management now with Southern Ute Agency. All resources released except for two 20 person hotshot crews, a safety officer, a finance person and aircraft personnel, 52 personnel.
Sources: RMACC, Type III Team PIO, Inciweb

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.

View COEM’s current map of Colorado Fire Restrictions at:


There are no active watches, warnings or advisories for Colorado.  For more information go to http://www.weather.gov/alerts-beta/co.php?x=1.

A map can be viewed at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/firewx/main.php.

Resources for updates on wildfires:
•               INCIWEB:  www.inciweb.org  - Select the State in the drop down in upper right hand corner
•               Colorado Office of Emergency Management:  www.COEmergency.com
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: http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/lg_fire2.php
•               Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center:  http://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/