White River Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Meeker, CO 81641
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
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 20th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM|
|Location||16 miles northwest of Meeker, CO|
|Incident Commander||Jim Andersen|
|Coordinates||40.192 latitude, -108.201 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||99%|
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
Cumulus development across the fire area resulted in a continuation of minimal fire activity. Residual fire activity in interior unburned fuels continues to diminish.
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.
Southwestern Area Incident Management Team 5 is also managing the Red Canyon Fire and supporting local initial attack resources.
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.