Colorado Wildfire Update: Oct. 25 #COfire


1. REPORT DATE/TIME:   10/25/2012

2. LOCATION: Custer and Pueblo Counties

3. EVENT START DATE: 10/23/2012

·        Custer County Office  of Emergency Management will open the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) tomorrow with the following hours:
o   Friday at 10 am – 7 pm
o   Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
o   Not open on Sunday
o   Wetmore Fire Department is location of DAC
o   Federal, State and local agencies will be on hand to provide information and assistance.
·         Field Manager and Fire Management Officers (2)
·         Public Information Officer Liaison

5. DEATHS/INJURIES: 0 fatalities, 0 injuries

6. DAMAGE: 14 residences damaged or destroyed, unknown amount of out buildings.

7. EVACUATION STATUS/#: Evacuations have been lifted for all residences outside of the fire perimeter.  Highway 67 and Highway 96 reopened at noon.  Roads within the fire perimeter remain closed.
·         American Red Cross shelter in Florence will close at 8 p.m. tonight.
·         Animal Shelters               
o   Pathfinder Park, between Florence and Canon City (Large Animals)
o   Crossroads Event Center, Penrose (Large Animals)
o   The Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo (Large Animals)
o   Los Pinos Equestrian Center and Purple Heart Ranch, 109 Yucca Avenue, Florence (Large Animals)
o   Pueblo Animal Services, 4600 Eagleridge Place (Small Animal)

8. CURRENT SITUATION: Fire estimated at 2,100 acres. 15% containment,  300 personnel on scene.  Type II IMT assumed command today.  The fire remains under investigation.

The Incident Command Post has been moved to Pathfinder Park off Highway 115 between Florence and Canon City.

Fire fighters work to continue securing structures, work the fire perimeter and mop up operations.

9.   Information updates are being posted on Inciweb at for official information from Inicident Command, on Facebook on Custer County Emergency Management page and

Information obtained from Inciweb, Field Manager and PIO Liaison at ICP.


1. REPORT DATE/TIME: 10/25/2012

2. LOCATION: Montezuma County

3. EVENT START DATE/TIME: 10/24/2012

4. ASSISTANCE ANTICIPATED FROM STATE:   OEM Field Manager at the incident    

5. DEATHS/INJURIES: 0 fatalities, 0 injuries

6. DAMAGE: None reported


Evacuation and Pre-Evacuations are in place:  County Road P to P.5 West of 29 and 28 North from P.5 is now open to residents only.  Escorts will be available beginning at 9 a.m. for critical situations only.
American Red Cross shelters located at:

           Kemper Elementary School in Cortez
          Animal Shelter:  Montezuma County Fairgrounds is open for domestic livestock animals and the Cortez Animal shelter is taking small animals.           

8. CURRENT SITUATION: Fire estimated at 396 acres (as of 1:54 p.m.)  70% contained.

9. Information updates are being posted at and on Twitter at @SanJuanNF.
Information obtained from Montezuma Sheriff webpage.  This incident is not on Inciweb.


This fire started on October 12 and is still active in La Plata County.  Incident Command will transition from a Type III IMT back to local incident command.  The fire is 222 acres and is approximately 25% contained.  This will be the last update on the Vallecito Fire unless significant changes occur.  Incident information can be found on Inciweb for this fire.


The Fern Lake Fire also remains active and is 1,030 acres and 17% contained.  Snow dampened fire activity today.  There are 36 personnel working the fire that is in the Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park in Larimer County.  This will be the final update on this fire unless there are significant changes to report.

The State EOC was deactivated.  Office of Emergency Management and Fire Prevention and Control staff continue to monitor and support the state and active fires.