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Bull Draw Fire

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Uncompahgre Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Montrose, CO 81401

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Phone: 970-578-0213

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09/19/2018 Bull Draw Fire Update Sept 19, 2018
Bull Draw Fire Update Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Acres: 32,545 acres as of September 18 1650 hrs Containment: 60% Personnel: 118 Due to increased fire activity, and to provide for...
News - 09/19/2018
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Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Acres: 32,545 acres as of September 18 1650 hrs

Containment: 60%

Personnel: 118

Due to increased fire activity, and to provide for firefighter and public safety, the Forest closure area was expanded yesterday. The new closure includes National Forest System Road (NFSR) 402 (Divide Road) from the junction of NFSR 408 (Dominguez Road) and NFSR 402 (Divide Road) (approximately 21.5 miles south of the junction of HWY 141/NFSR 402), south to the junction of NFSR 600 (Windy Point Junction) and NFSR 402 (Divide Road). The closure is approximately 17 miles.

Yesterday the fire was active along NFSR 402 (Divide Road), including the Big Atkinson drainage area, NFSR 422, NFSR 407, and near the UC Cow Camp. Crews were successful in catching spot fires that appeared outside of the fire perimeter, and used burnout operations along NFSR 402 (Divide Road) to decrease the amount of available fuel between the road and the active flame front, creating stronger control lines.

An engine crew conducted night operations along NFSR 402 (Divide Road) near NFSR 422 to patrol areas where burn operations were conducted during the day shift and to contain four spot small fires that occurred prior to night shift.

Today firefighters will continue to actively engage in suppression activities including using burnout operations along NFSR 402 (Divide Road) where safe and appropriate. Crews will mop up and secure areas where spot fires occurred. Firefighters will also use leaf blowers to remove fallen leaf litter in burned areas adjacent to roads to eliminate the potential for re-burn.

Firefighters, Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers, and Sheriff’s Deputies actively contacted hunters and recreationists in the fire area yesterday to warn of potential danger. The public in the area is encouraged to remain vigilant, be aware of their surroundings, and be prepared to evacuate should the fire threaten their safety.

Hunters with tags that may be impacted by fire activity may contact the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Montrose Field Office with questions at (970) 252-6000.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 29th, 2018 approx. 11:15 AM
Location12 miles NW Nucla, CO
Incident CommanderC. Taylor, IC3
Coordinates38.457 latitude, -108.665 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel118
Size32,545 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Estimated Containment DateThursday November 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Dead and down aspen along with serviceberry / snowberry understory providing available fuel as fire creeps and smolders

through the aspen understory. Dead fuel moisture levels: 1000-hr: 7% (5680'), 11% (8000'). Live fuels: sage 70-80%; juniper

70%; oak 90-100%; ponderosa: 100 percent.

Significant Events



Group Torching



Planned Actions

Contain area south of the 407 road and any slopovers, protect structures at the UC Cow Camp, contain fire west of the Divide Road in area of Big Atkinson Creek by engine patrol and burnout operations.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Elevated potential for growth with drying trend and wind combination fire is currently experiencing. Fire continues to be active on the NW end of fire also along the southeast flank near the Divide Road. Limited spread potential to the southwest half of the fire.

24 hours:

Elevated potential for growth with drying trend and wind combination fire is currently experiencing. Heat along the perimeter on the NW corner of the fire may continue to grow towards Blue Creek. Potential for rapid spread where aligned with slope and predicted winds.

Limited spread potential on Southwest half of fire.

48 hours:

Isolated pockets of aspen and heavier fuels on the North half and along the eastern perimeter of the fire continues to run, flank and torch in the Aspen stands and back through the available

fuels. Moderate spread potential that is threatening the Divide Road contain feature on South half of fire.

72 hours: No precipitation forecasted but may be some outflow winds. Continued increase of fire

behavior on portions of the fire where the slope/drainage wind alignment occurs.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Continued dry windy conditions in the forecast with slight moderation of

temperatures is expected with increased fire potential trends due to drought

conditions (extreme to exceptional drought) in the Bull Draw area, along with dry, unstable, and breezy conditions.


Incident Ownership

Private: 313 acres

Montrose County private acres: 10

Mesa County private acres: 303

BLM: 9,968 acres

Grand Junction Field Office: 45 acres

Uncompahgre Field Office: 9,923 acres

Uncompahgre National Forest: 21,809 acres

FS, Mesa County: 10,785 acres

FS, Montrose County: 9,514 acres

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A trough will approach Wednesday and move over the fire area Wednesday night. Clouds will increase through the morning and moisture will be drawn north into the area throughout the day. Expect scattered showers by late morning with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. The best chance of rain will be east of the fire area. Southwest winds will increase throughout Wednesday and be fairly strong in the late afternoon. Winds will stay breezy overnight and shift to the west, then northwest as the trough moves through early Thursday morning. Expect mostly clear skies by 9:00am Thursday with drier conditions.