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Weston Pass Fire

Unit Information

Pike and San Isabel National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Colorado
Pueblo, CO 81008

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Crews continue to patrol the Weston Pass fire and rehab dozer lines and other suppression impacts. Currently, there is a dozer and two tracked excavators as well as an engine and small handcrew working in the burn area. Completion of suppression repair is estimated will take five more days depending on weather. Bad weather has been driving crews out of the burn at least once a day. The burn area has received approximately an inch and a half of rain in the last ten days and no visible smokes have been found in the last week. The Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) assessment identifying risks to people, infrastructure, and resources as well as techniques to reduce potential safety concerns and negative impacts is completed. It will be submitted for funding in the next several days. The burn area itself and National Forest lands immediately adjacent to it are currently closed for fire operations and public safety. Currently there is no estimate of when the area will be opened.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday June 28th, 2018 approx. 11:30 AM
Location9 miles SW of Fairplay
Incident CommanderStephen Reed
Coordinates39.055 latitude, -106.069 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel12
Size13,023 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained93%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Moderately stocked mixed conifer with timber litter and light to moderate dead and down. Stringers of aspen/open meadows and ridges with grass/sage.

Significant Events

Minimal, Limited fire behavior today. The potential for active fire spread is limited to southwestern portion of the fire. Numerous uncontained spot fires outside of the main fireline still contain heat and could pick up activity under hot and dry conditions.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Secure established lines in Division Z. Patrol and mop-up in Division A, D, M and P. Continue suppression repair where appropriate.

Projected Incident Activity

*12 Hours: Very limited to no fire spread.

*24 Hours: Cooler temps expected with mostly cloudy skies with 20% chance of wetting rains causing extremely limited fire growth.

*48 Hours: Cooler day and potential rain will moderate fire behavior.

72 Hours: Drying trend will cause trend toward possible limited fire behavior.

Remarks

*PSICC National Forest closure in place for fire area currently. Closure order generally for fire planning area on South Park, Buffalo Peaks Wilderness and ancillary trails closure effective 7/6.

Transfer of command from RM IMT1 to a local Type 3 organization (7/14) at 0600.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today: Mostly sunny in the morning becoming mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms developing by 1200. Storm coverages will become scattered from 1800 until 2000, lingering showers until 2300. Maximum temp of 78 F, with minimum RH of 20%. Predominantly east southeast wind 8112 mph gusting to 17 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy throughout the day with rain beginning around 0600, then isolated showers and thunderstorms by 0900. Coverage increasing to scattered from 1200 to 2000, then lingering showers. Maximum temp of 74 F, and minimum of RH of 31%. Predominantly northeast winds of 7-11 mph with gusts for 16 mph.

Monday: Mostly cloudy through the day with isolated showers and thunderstorms developing by 1200. Isolated storms continue until 2300. Max temp of 78 F, min RH 29%. Southeast winds 5-10 mph gusting to 15 mph possible after 1300 through 2000.