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Buffalo Fire

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White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602

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Buffalo Fire Update – June 20

Containment: 100%

Personnel: 8- person crew with an Engine

Summary: As of last night, the Buffalo fire is 100% contained. The 20-person hand crew will be demobilizing this morning and the fire will transition to a Type 5 incident management organization. One engine and eight firefighters will remain on the fire for the next few days and actively patrol the fire perimeter and address interior smoking/smoldering when it is safe to do so. Some smoke may be visible from the interior of the fire for the next several days.

Closures: The fire area remains closed under emergency order for public safety and due to smoldering hot spots, stumps and the high potential for falling, dead trees.

Currently, the Buffalo Mountain trail, Royal Buffalo trail, Buffalo Cabin trail, Buffalo-Willow Connect trail, the Pasque trail and all other trails or access points that enter the fire area remain closed for public safety. The Dillon Ranger District is evaluating these trails and their conditions to determine an appropriate time to reopen the trails to the public, until then please find an alternative trail to use by visiting .

For those interested in helping with future trail restoration efforts, please contact the Friends of Dillon Ranger District at 970-626-3449 or Friends of Eagles Nest Wilderness at 303-903-7127.

Open Trails: North Ten Mile trail, Meadow Creek trail, Lily Pad trail, Gore Range (north Ten Mile to the junction of north Willowbrook trail), Salt Lick trail system, Mesa Cortina trail system, Willowbrook trail system, and the area of Red Buffalo Pass.

For further information on the Buffalo Fire please call the Dillon Ranger District at 970-468-5400 or visit .

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday June 12th, 2018 approx. 10:46 AM
Location2 miles west of Silverthorne, CO
Incident CommanderLisa Loncar - Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit
Coordinates39.626 latitude, -106.11 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel8
Size81 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday June 20th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber, dead beetle kill stands, tall grass

Significant Events

wisps of smoke and some smoldering hot spots.


Planned Actions

Crews continue to diligently mop up and secure fire perimeter and address smoking within the interior when it is safe to do so.