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Middle Mamm Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Fire Information
Email: 2019.MiddleMamm@firenet.gov
Phone: 970-930-1548
Hours: 7 days: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Highlighted Activity

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Middle Mamm Fire Summary
October 16, 2019

Moderate fire activity was driven by westerly wind gusts yesterday afternoon. Fire crews moved forward with mop up and holding operations where values could be at-risk. Aircraft were utilized to conduct bucket drops along the more active edges of the fire. Smoke was visible from the City of Rifle and along the I-70 corridor between Rifle and Glenwood Springs.

Today crews will continue to conduct patrol and mop up operations along the more active areas of the fire.

Fire Statistics:
Size: 1069 acres as of 10/15/2019
Containment: 23%
Total Personnel: 70
Cause: Lightning
Location: 10 miles south of Rifle, CO

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseNatural/lightning
Date of OriginSunday July 28th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Location11 miles south of Rifle, CO
Incident CommanderDan Nielsen, ICT4 Dani Shedden, ICT4 (T)
Coordinates39.369 latitude, -107.788 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel70
Size1,235 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained34%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday November 20th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Dormant Brush, Hardwood Slash

Bug kill timber with standing dead fuels and snags, steep terrain and difficult access, Fuel Model 10 and Fuel Model 6 dominate most of the fire area. Large stands of Gambel Oak and Mountain Mahogany moving into dormancy.

Significant Events

Moderate

Smoldering

Single Tree Torching

Minimal change in fire activity.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue mop up and repair, patrol and monitor on the north and west sides of the fire. On the east side continue repair work,

patrol and monitor fire. Utilize helicopter bucket work to support operations as appropriate.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Potential for some low intensity surface spread on southern aspects. Occasional flare-up's with

isolated torching within the interior only. Red flag winds until this evening

24 hours:

Drying trend continues, increased surface fire spread and occasional flare-up's with isolated

torching within the interior only.

48 hours:

Interior burning continues, no threats to containment lines.

72 hours:

Wind will increase Thursday and provide the next threat to containment lines. Current wind

predictions should allow for topographic sheltering for the perimeter, however variation from

the predicted west or southwest wind directions could eliminate the sheltering from the ridges.

Another system arrives Sat into Sun.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Seasonal fire behavior will continue until the next moisture event which may

occur Sat into Sun.

Remarks

Closures are in effect for the area of the fire on the White River National Forest.

Closures may affect access for hunters in Game Management Unit (GMU) 42. The closure prohibits unauthorized use on US Forest Service lands in the Middle Mamm drainage within T 8 S., R93 W., Sections 3-5; a portion of Battlement Trail A (Forest System Trail 2160) within T 8 S., R93W., Sections 8-10.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

ED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM MDT

THIS

EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS, LOW HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS FOR

WESTERN

COLORADO FIRE WEATHER ZONES 200, 201, 202, 203, 205, 290

AND

292 ALONG WITH UTAH FIRE WEATHER ZONES 487 AND 490...

.DISCUSSION...Red Flag conditions being hampered a bit by clouds

this afternoon. However breaks in the cloudiness and mixing ahead

of the approaching front could will still bring a threat through

sunset. Much cooler temperatures expected tomorrow will limit

critical fire weather conditions though breezy post frontal winds

are expected. The highest precipitation amounts will be over the

Colorado divide mountains with wetting precipitation not expected

at lower elevations. Another system arrives Saturday night into

Sunday.