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Cabin Lake Fire

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

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Phone: 970-364-6112
Hours: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Cabin Lake Fire Information

The Cabin Lake Fire, located 16 miles east of Meeker, CO, started on July 29, 2018. The cause is unknown and is under investigation.

The Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team assumed command of the fire at 0600 on Aug. 15, 2018. Firefighters are using full suppression tactics to minimize fire spread. A structure protection group is actively conducting assessments and structure preparation. Additional or replacement equipment resources and crews will continue to arrive to assist with firefighting efforts.

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  • (970) 364-6112

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown. Under Investigation.
Date of OriginSunday July 29th, 2018 approx. 02:00 PM
Location16 miles SE of Meeker, CO
Incident CommanderSteve Parrish, ICT2
Coordinates39.916 latitude, -107.64 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel497
Size6,072 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained53%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday October 03rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Late successional spruce/fir with heavy dead/down component. Aspen prevalent in many areas at middle elevations,transitioning to oak-brush at low elevations. ERC's above the 90th percentile and increasing.

Significant Events

Light rain (.06) on fire overnight. Observed fire behavior today consisted of isolated creeping and smoldering in heavy fuels and producing A few visible columns in the afternoon.


Planned Actions

Continue to provide structure protection along County Rd 17 and County Rd 10. Provide structure assessment and protection along County Rd 10 and White River Valley. Patrol and secure fire edge along

the north and eastern portion of the fire. Continue constructing primary indirect line on Southern and

Southwestern portion of fire, while concurrently assessing alternate and contingency containment lines.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Little fire behavior expected overnight. Fire is likely to remain inactive through the night and

into early morning hours. Significant movement is not expected, but creeping and smoldering in conifer stands is possible as fuels dry.

24 hours: Monday will present optimal drying conditions for fuels with low relative humidity and high wind speed expected. Some areas of the fire will likely become active again. With creeping to minor movements of the fire possible in the afternoon. A not recently seen wind direction (SW)may put pressure on containment lines on the north side of the fire in the vicinity of private residences. Smoke production will increase across the fire as well.

48 hours: An increasing probability of rain may dampen fuels and moderate fire behavior on Tuesday. If no rain occurs fuels will continue to dry and fire activity will increase with green pockets continuing to consume and some movement along fire perimeter to the south and north possible. Chance for spotting and torching will return as threat to structures around the north

side of the fire remains.

72 hours: Without precipitation fire behavior and fire danger likely to increase. Higher temperatures, lower humidity, and breezy winds will increase threat to structures on the north side of this fire. Possible return to active fire behavior with potential for moderate growth. Single or group torching likely, as is long range spotting (greater than ΒΌ miles)

Anticipated after 72hrs: The chance for precipitation on Tuesday and Wednesday creates uncertainty for

the rest of the week as Wednesday will be 5 days since rain which matches with

previous returns to high fire intensity on this incident. Fire behavior will increase

unless significant precipitation received.


Air Operations Summary As of 1700 today: 0 gallons of Retardant and 31,640 gallons of water from Acres by ownership:

FS: 4,244

BLM: 567

PVT: 1,261

Total: 6,072

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today, a dry and breezy north to northwest wind kept daytime temperatures in the mid-60s, with minimum humidity around 35%. Winds gusted into the low to mid-teens after the inversion broke around 11 am.

On Monday, high pressure in place across the area will bring the warmest and driest weather of the next several days. Daytime temperatures will climb into the mid-70s with minimum humidity in the teens. In addition, dry and unstable conditions will produce a Haines Index of 5.

From Tuesday through Thursday, moisture will move into the area bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms, and good chances of wetting rainfall. High temperatures will climb into the low to

mid-70s, with minimum humidity ranging from 25% to 35%.