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Indian Valley Fire

Unit Information

White River Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Colorado
Meeker, CO 81641

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Indian Valley Map August 2, 2018Image options: [ Full Size ]

Final Update for Indian Valley Fire

Fire managers are pleased with progress on the Indian Valley Fire. Fire activity has moderated, giving firefighters a chance to secure containment lines, mop up hot spots, and repair suppression impacts. Air support remains available to respond as needed.

Safety: Heavy equipment will be operating on roads in the vicinity of the Indian Valley Road.

Smoke Impacts: Widespread smoke from large wildfires in Colorado and other western states caused an air quality advisory yesterday. For information on smoke impacts to air quality, visit:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_smoke.aspx

Fire Restrictions https://www.blm.gov/press-release/fire-restrictions-begin-friday-july-7-blm-lands-white-river-field-office

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday July 20th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM
Location16 miles northwest of Meeker, CO
Incident CommanderJim Andersen
Coordinates40.192 latitude, -108.201 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1
Size6,310 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained99%
Fuels Involved

Short grass, 1 foot

Oak brush, 6 feet

Sage brush, 2 feet

Primary carriers include sparse sage, grass valley bottoms, mature stands, 6 foot sage, dense stands of Gambel Oak, acting more like a 10-15 ft brush stand. Pinyon-Juniper with sage/grass understory

Significant Events

Cumulus development across the fire area resulted in a continuation of minimal fire activity. Residual fire activity in interior unburned fuels continues to diminish.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Beginning on 8/06, the Indian Valley Fire will be patrolled by aircraft. Ground resources will staff the fire only if a threat to containment lines is detected.

Projected Incident Activity

Over the next 12 hours, interior pockets will continue to smolder, creep, spread through unburned islands.

In the next 72 hours, fire behavior will continue to diminish as unburned pockets burn out. Fire spread along containment lines should be minimal. Heat sources along containment lines and interior pockets of unburned fuels may persist.

Remarks

Southwestern Area Incident Management Team 5 is also managing the Red Canyon Fire and supporting local initial attack resources.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Indian Valley Fire received cumulus development, lower temperatures, and higher relative humidity. A warming and drying trend will begin tomorrow, providing the conditions for any remaining heat sources to produce minimal fire behavior.