White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Cache Creek Fire Information
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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday July 28th, 2018 approx. 08:22 PM|
|Location||Approximately 8 miles southwest of Rifle, CO|
|Incident Commander||Justin Brollier, ICT3 and Stewart Robertson, ICT3(t)|
|Coordinates||39.404 latitude, -107.89 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||40%|
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.
Fire activity observed was moderate, with single tree torching and short-range spotting. Rain moderated fire behavior allowing direct mop-up of firelines.
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.
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.