The human-caused Junkins Fire, which started October 17, 2016, is burning in mixed fuels and affecting the Custer and Pueblo counties. The fire is burning on the Pike/San Isabel National Forest (PSI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Colorado State Land Board, and Private lands. Multiple communities are threatened and the fire is impacting a popular hunting and recreational area. The Great Basin Type 1 team took command of the fire on October 19, 2016 from a local forest Type 3 team. Evacuations and road closures are currently in effect.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday October 17th, 2016 approx. 03:45 AM|
|Location||11 miles east of Westcliffe, CO|
|Incident Commander||Kevin King, Type 4 Team|
|Incident Description||Wind Driven Fire, Multi Jurisdiction|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Timber (Grass and Understory) Brush (2 feet)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Fuel Models 8, 9 and 5. 1000 hour fuels are at 6-8%.
The fire has minimal fire activity with small areas of interior smoke. The fire is creeping and smoldering.
The planned actions for Friday are:
Monitor and patrol the fire.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 - 72 hours projected fire activity:
Fire is projected to have minimal fire activity within the containment lines. There will be some creeping and isolated torching.
The closure order is still in place and will continue to have a minimal impact on tourism, hunting, and the local economy. For further information visit the County Sheriff websites. Custer County - http://custercountygov.com/index.php?pg=sheriff
Pueblo County - http://www.pueblosheriff.org/
FORECAST FOR MONDAY:
Mostly sunny, with a high near 58F. East northeast wind around 5 mph.
FORECAST FOR MONDAY NIGHT:
Mostly clear, with a low around 28F. East wind around 5 mph becoming southwest after midnight.
FORECAST FOR TUESDAY:
Sunny, with a high near 62F. West wind around 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
FORECAST FOR TUESDAY NIGHT:
Clear, with a low around 29F. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph after midnight.