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Cache Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Cache Creek Fire Information
Phone: 970-984-8839

Highlighted Activity

08/19/2018 Cache Creek Fire Update, 8/19/2018
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Firefighters will focus on securing the western flank of the fire to reduce impacts to private residents and landowners. As needed, helicopter drops will focus on cooling the fire in areas where firefighters need to gain access, as well as providing an aerial platform to monitor fire activity and spread.

Three major challenges remain for Cache Creek fire: the potential for thunderstorm activity with erratic outflow winds, fuel conditions due to drought, and firefighting resource availability. Erratic outflow winds from thunderstorm activity continue to impact suppression efforts. Fuels in the area are exceptionally dry, near record lows. This significantly contributes to fire spread. Resource availability is limited due to the number of fires nationally.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday July 28th, 2018 approx. 08:22 PM
LocationApproximately 8 miles southwest of Rifle, CO
Incident CommanderJustin Brollier, ICT3 and Stewart Robertson, ICT3(t)
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates39.404 latitude, -107.89 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel87
Size2,708 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained40%
Fuels Involved

Spruce-fir timber with heavy dead and downed fuel on the ground is present. Aspen at lower elevations transitions to Gambel oak, Pinyon/Juniper, and sagebrush at the lowest elevations. All fuels are critically dry and receptive to fire spread.

Significant Events

Fire activity observed was moderate, with single tree torching and short-range spotting. Rain moderated fire behavior allowing direct mop-up of firelines.


Planned Actions

Firefighters will continue to secure the slope over at the northern and western portions of the fire and continue with

dozer line to stop northern and western growth. The team will attempt to fill critical Incident Management Team overhead positions, as personnel timeout.

Projected Incident Activity

There is anticipated passive fire spread with short-range spotting and continued movement to the south and west.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Another dry day in the forecast over the fire area. Expect light westerly winds at 5-10 MPH with relative humidity values bottoming out in the upper teens. Winds will increase overnight to 10-15 MPH as southwest flow picks up.