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Spring Creek Fire

Unit Information

Costilla County
400 Gasper Street San Luis Colorado 81152
San Luis, CO 81152

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The fire started on June 27, 2018 at 3:57 p.m. It was thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and was determined to be human caused, the suspect has been arrested. Intial attack involved several agencies, including Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and local Volunteer Fire Departments. Due to rapid fire growth and values at risk, the Rocky Mountain Black Team was ordered at 8:38 p.m. on June 27th and assumed command on June 29th at 6:00 a.m.

Due to the size and complexity of the fire, an additional type 2 Incident Management Team was ordered on June 30th to take over command of the north portion of the fire. The Rocky Mountain Blue Team arrived and assumed command of the portion of the fire north of Highway 160 at 7:00 a.m. on July 2nd.

Due to the cause, life safety and values at risk, both IMT’s instituted full suppression strategy. Several communities in and adjacent to the fire were evacuated by County Authorities and Law Enforcement. A variety of tactics were used and several contingency plans were implemented. Firefighter and public safety remained the number one priority throughout the duration of this incident, there has been no loss of life.

Incident Cooperators:

- American Red Cross
- Bureau of Land Management
- USDA Forest Service
- Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control
- Colorado State Patrol
- Costilla County OEM
- Huerfano County OEM
- Saguache County
- Town of Blanca
- Town of Fort Garland
- Town of La Veta

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday June 27th, 2018 approx. 03:30 PM
Location5 miles NE of Ft. Garland, CO
Incident CommanderJay Esperance, RMA IMT2 Blue
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates37.496 latitude, -105.291 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel295
Size108,045 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained91%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday July 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Pinyon/juniper, sage, Gambel Oak, Ponderosa Pine, Mixed conifer. Energy Release Component (ERC) is in the 80-90th percentile.Dead fuels in all size classes are extremely dry and receptive. 1000-hr fuel moisture: 5%

Fine dead fuel moisture content: 3% unshaded, 6% shaded

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity was observed today with precipitation occurring over the fire. Flash flooding is a concern if the fire receives wetting rains. The northwest perimeter remains uncontrolled due to steep inaccessible terrain and heavy fuel loading which poses an unacceptable risk to Firefighters based on the values at risk.


Planned Actions

Resources are continuing suppression repair in all divisions where necessary. Resources are continuing to patrol and mop-up to strengthen fire lines. In Div YY and SS resources have completed direct line where possible and safe to do so. Resources will continue to monitor the northwest perimeter where steep terrain and heavy fuel loading prevent firefighters from engaging directly. Demobilization of resources has begun and will continue thru Sunday. Plans are in place to transition the fire back to the home unit at 1800 MST Monday7/16/2018.

Projected Incident Activity

The Rocky Mountain Blue Team will transfer command to a Type 4 Organization at 6pm today.

Fire activity is expected to be minimal and limited to highly isolated areas. The fire perimeter growth is not expected due to weather conditions. Heavy fuels within the interior will continue to smolder.


The Rocky Mountain Blue Team (Esperance) assumed command of the Spring Creek Fire today at 0600.

Updated acreage is due to more accurate mapping.

State/private: 86,015

BLM: 12,227

US Forest Service: 9,753 Acres

Block 17: fire is in both Costilla and Huerfano Counties.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Flash flood watch until 1200 Sunday until 1800 Monday. A cold front approaches the fire area on Sunday evening. In advance and along the front, monsoon moisture increases once again with more widespread showers/thundershowers expected. Increased likelihood of wetting rains will persist overnight.