Colorado Wildfire Report: August 29

About this report: This daily 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, over 100 acres, 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.

Roach Fire

Fire Jurisdiction:   USFS Roosevelt National Forest
Location/County:  Northwest portion of Larimer County, approximately three miles south of the Wyoming state line.
Start Date: August 28, 2012
Cause: Under investigation
Acres: 250 acres
Containment: 10% Contained
Evacuations: none reported
Closures:  none reported
Fatalities/Injuries to Date: none reported
Structures Lost/Damaged: No structures threatened at this time
Significant Events:   The fire is burning in lodge pole pine in a mountain pine beetle hit area.  The information line for the fire is 970-498-1030.
Resources: 100 personnel are working the fire.  Seven fire engines are on scene, one bulldozer, a water tender and three 20-person crews. Three Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT), a type 3 helicopter, a type 2 helicopter, a heavy air tanker and air attack are also on scene.  Two 20 person hand crews have been ordered for today. There is good access in the area.
Source(s): USFS press release, WebEOC, USFS Canyon Lakes Forest District Official Twitter Account

Today’s Fire Outlook

Rocky Mountain Area remains at Preparedness Level 3. National Preparedness Level is 4.

The highest level possible is a 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. 

Monthly Seasonal Outlook from the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center:

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

Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Colorado: 

·         Fire Weather Watch for the following Colorado counties:  Logan, North and Northeast Elbert, North Lincoln, Philips, Sedgwick, Southeast Elbert, South Lincoln, Washington, Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Yuma
·         Red Flag Warnings for the following Colorado counties:  Central and East Adams and Araphahoe, Morgan, Northeast Weld, Logan, North and Northeast Elbert County, North Lincoln, Philips, Sedgwick, Southeast Elbert, South Lincoln, Washington, Baca, Bent, Crowley, Eastern las Animas, Otero, Prowers, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Yuma

Important Note: Information on current and future Colorado wildfires can be obtained from the following websites, which are updated regularly during incidents:
·         INCIWEB:
·         Colorado Office of Emergency Management:
·         Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center:
·         US Forest Service Active Fire Map: