White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Cache Creek Fire area closure to be lifted on Friday
RIFLE, Colo. - Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, the Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest will lift the Cache Creek Fire emergency area closure and reopen popular hunting areas and trails. Much of the burned area has cooled, but there is still minimal fire activity in the vicinity of the Cache Creek and Battlement Creek drainages.
The Cache Creek Fire is 55% contained, and it continues to smolder in interior fuels. The fire will remain at current containment due to steep, inaccessible terrain located on the southern portion of the fire. The fire continues to be monitored by local fire managers. The public can expect to see smoke on hot, dry days until a season-ending weather event occurs such as multiple days of rain or snow.
“We are glad to be able to lift this closure ahead of the height of hunting season,” said Sarah Hankens, District Ranger. “We ask that hunters and recreationists avoid the areas where residual smoldering may be occurring. Please be aware that hazards such as tree snags and ash pits exist in burned areas.”
Hunters and others entering recently burned areas should exercise caution and understand that fire can create forest hazards. Fire-weakened trees may fall suddenly, and roots of trees can burn underground creating ash pits that may not be readily visible. Burned forests are especially hazardous in windy conditions.
For more information visit the White River National Forest Alerts and Notices https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices .
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday July 28th, 2018 approx. 08:22 PM|
|Location||Approximately 8 miles southwest of Rifle, CO|
|Incident Commander||Chad Sewell ICT4|
|Coordinates||39.404 latitude, -107.89 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
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.